Happy Mo-vember

In keeping with the tradition of recent years, I am letting my November beard grow. I’ll be posting some pics at the end of the month. One of the reasons behind this men’s movement is to promote awareness of health issues men face. One of these is prostate health. Two big concerns, especially for older men are Prostate Cancer and BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) which can cause, among other things, the excessive need to urinate.Prostate health -MenAccording to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

“Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States.”

The CDC also indicates that in 2014 (the most recent year for which numbers are available), there were 172,258 men in the US diagnosed and 28,343 men in the US who died from prostate cancer. If you are a male over 50, you should have your colon and prostate checked annually. The website www.cancer.org states that:

“Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. About 1 man in 39 will die of prostate cancer.”

I would like to thank Designs for Health (DFH), the medical food and supplement company which writes many of the articles I post, for the following information on maintaining good prostate health:

“In conjunction with encouraging guys to ditch their razors for the month of November, DFH is spotlighting what men can do in their everyday lives to take charge of their prostate health, lower risks, and live happier, healthier and longer lives.”

Here’s our simple checklist:

Get Checked

Prevention starts with detection

Exercise Regularly

Add more physical activity to your day by moving more and doing what makes you feel good

Stay Connected

Studies show that reaching out to friends and having important conversations about your health is crucial and potentially lifesaving

Healthy Diet

Eat a diverse mix of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins to boost your immune system

Integrative Maintenance

Incorporate potent antioxidants in combination with nutrient-rich botanicals in your daily routine to help support overall urinary and prostate health

DFH makes a great product to help with number 5 and while I do not sell supplements in my practice, I would be happy  to discuss the potential benefits and help you get some if you are interested.

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