Movember: Men’s Health Tips

“KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. PREVENTION IS EVERYTHING. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY.” - Movember Canada.

Co-written by: Sarah Schmocker, ND & Sarah Birkett, DC

As the colder weather begins to settle in, more and more men will be seen around the city sporting epic beards, or something close to it. As many people know, the beards, moustaches and everything in between are in support of raising awareness for prostate health. November has affectionately been renamed ‘Movember’ and has raised millions of dollars for research, patient care and education.

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(The hairy facts via Movember Canada)

The prostate gland is a male sex organ that is about the size of a walnut and is located underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate grows during puberty and then again around the age of 40 years old. Men with an enlarged prostate can have one of three diseases; enlarged prostate, prostatitis and prostate cancer.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in YOUNG MEN aged 15-29 years
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men
  • Men who consume a low-fibre, high-fat diet are at a higher risk of developing cancer.

Here are some foods which work specifically to support prostate health and may help to prevent cancer:

EAT THIS

  • Tomato & celery
  • Ground flax seeds & pumpkin seeds
  • Blueberries & pomegranate
  • Cruciferous vegetables (including broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, and more)
  • Green tea

REDUCE/AVOID THIS

  • Red meat
  • Saturated fat
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

LIFESTYLE CHOICES can DIRECTLY AFFECT your CANCER RISK.
In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, best health practices include:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Appropriate weight/BMI
  • Stress management
  • Daily exercise
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Regular visits to your health care provider

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(Eat this. Photo: Pete Boyd via Flickr)

(Main image: Movember Canada)

 
sarahleathSarah Schmocker, ND and Sarah Birkett, DC practice together at Fallingbrook Family Chiropractic, a multidisciplinary health clinic in the Beach community of Toronto. | @Dr_Sarah_ND & @FallingbrookDoc