A recent study shows that men with prostate cancer who have pre-diabetes or diabetes are more likely to die from their cancer than men with normal, healthy blood sugar levels.
In the study, researchers looked at three markers for blood sugar in men who were not diagnosed with diabetes: Fasting glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and glycated albumin. Men who had high blood sugar on all three markers had nearly a five-fold risk increase of dying from prostate cancer compared to men whose markers were normal.
Blood sugar levels also play a role in an enlarged prostate, which becomes more common in men as they age.
A study, published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science , cited insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity as risk factors for enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. Researchers believe that obesity induces systemic inflammation and oxidative stress, which may promote unregulated prostate growth.
Insulin resistance, which is associated with obesity, hypertension, and elevated fasting glucose levels, is known to lead to increased cellular proliferation and enlargement of the prostate in rats. In fact, insulin resistance may, according to the study, be an independent risk factor for BPH.
Although this study found no correlation between testosterone levels and prostate size in aging males, low testosterone levels may play a role in prostate enlargement by predisposing men to visceral obesity, which in turn promotes insulin resistance.
Maintaining healthy blood glucose levels can help reduce your risk of diabetes, obesity, and BPH. Here are a few ways to reduce your blood sugar.
Regular physical activity--ideally 150 of moderate-intensity exercise each week--helps increase insulin sensitivity and promotes a healthy weight. It also uses blood sugar for energy and muscle contraction, reducing blood sugar levels.
Carbohydrates break down into sugars, which are moved into cells by insulin. Reducing your carb intake--especially refined carbs--can help you lower your blood sugar.
Fiber slows the digestion of carbs and sugar absorption, promoting a more gradual rise in blood sugar. A high-fiber diet can also help you manage type 1 diabetes. Fiber is abundant in fruits and veggies, legumes, and whole grains.
Drinking plenty of water promotes kidney function so that the kidneys are more efficient at flushing out excess blood sugar through urine.
Stress can increase blood sugar levels. If you have high stress levels or chronic stress, reducing stressors in your life and learning to reduce stress on the spot can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
If you've already developed an enlarged prostate, here are a few things you can do to find relief.
A plant-based (or mostly plant-based) diet promotes good prostate health. Reduce your consumption of red and processed meats, fried foods, sugar, and dairy to help prevent an enlarged prostate and reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
In addition to helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, regular exercise has been shown to reduce urinary symptoms and pain associated with BPH, according to research.
Excessive alcohol use can contribute to prostate problems as well as sexual dysfunction. Limit your alcohol intake to one to two drinks per day and stay away from the hard stuff.
If you're overweight, losing weight can reduce enlarged prostate symptoms as well as reduce your risk of prostate and other cancers.
Take Prostavol's Prostate Support daily. Prostavol's Prostate Support supplement is formulated to reduce symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Its ingredients promote optimal urine flow, reduces pressure and discomfort, and helps reduce the frequency of urination during the night.
A healthy lifestyle protects your overall health and well-being as you age. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels through diet, exercise, and supplementation can reduce your risk of prostate problems and ease symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
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