A-Z of Health P – Prostate Cancer

Good food can either support or hinder our immune system.  Our immune system is our first line of defence against internal and external damage. When it comes to cancer there are many (many) complex variations but we know for a fact that obesity is a contributory cause of cancer. Indeed, it is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer (after smoking).  There are some cancers which are directly linked to obesity when it comes to prostate cancer the link is;

Obese people often have increased blood levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). (This condition, known as hyperinsulinemia or insulin resistance, precedes the development of type 2 diabetes.)

Studies have found that there is a higher risk of prostate cancer when there is a high level of IGF-1 in the body. A high level of IGF-1 doesn’t cause symptoms in men.

Cancer Research UK & National Cancer Institute

It isn’t just about the potential diagnosis of prostate cancer.  It may well be that a healthy diet and weight could impact on the spread of the cancer.  Let’s look at some other statistics: –

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK

Approx. 1 in 8 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer

Risk factors include age, family history and black men (the statistics for black men are 1 in 4 – it is unknown why but research is ongoing looking into genes)

Remember the weight link? If you are overweight or obese you are at an increased risk

It may sound simplistic to say that a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight can increase your life expectancy, I know through these A-Z of Health posts I sound like a broken record because I keep saying it but that’s because it is true!  If we look back on human evolution we have managed to get this far without processed food, trans fats, sugar, weird ingredients and we have always moved.  Now that we are consuming a largely processed diet as the norm and not moving much our health is deteriorating (rapidly) yet obesity has become normalised and often is the elephant in the room so we don’t address issues, we carry on and hope they will go away, my aim is to show that they won’t go away without your own intervention!

Cancer – the one-word people are still scared of, but what are we doing to protect ourselves?

Talk to me if you have concerns about your weight, a loved ones’ weight, your health or your family health.  It is rarely too late to make a change and change can have a remarkable positive impact on your future.

I offer individual and family consultations and can be the one to get through if you have tried and failed!

About the author of this blog

Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.  Louise is the host of Early Years TV Food Channel – a channel dedicated to children’s health and nutrition. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/early-years-tv-food-channel

Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.

Louise is keen to promote the message that food can shape your health (good and bad)

Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar

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