From the 1st-31st March, it is prostate cancer awareness month, so we thought that we would make more people aware of the benefits that exercise and making general healthy life choices can have for those with prostate cancer.
With 130 people finding out they have prostate cancer each day between 2013 and 2015, we believe that it is important to highlight all of the possible ways that we can work together to combat prostate cancer and make living with it more manageable. Although these stats may seem high, 84% of people survive prostate cancer for 10 or more years, so we aim to help boost this period by letting more people know about how leading a healthy lifestyle can help those with prostate cancer.
One of the things that can benefit people the most throughout their treatment is keeping a healthy diet. Some people may have heard that certain foods can have a positive and negative effect on prostate cancer, but sadly, any research that has been done to try and support this has been inconclusive, with different studies bringing different results.
Maintaining a healthy diet throughout your treatment will also help to keep your body as healthy as possible; allowing your body to fight the side effects of treatment better and may help to reduce the impact of the treatments such as hormone therapy. Prostate Cancer UK say that some men who make changes to their diet whilst fighting prostate cancer also help them to feel more in control, which can have a huge benefit on mental health and mood.
Staying active when fighting prostate cancer isn’t proven to slow the growth of prostate cancer, but it can have the ability to lift your mood and help to slow the side effects of hormone therapy such as bone thinning. Staying active in any way possible and at any rate will help your body to stay as strong and reliable as possible when you are undergoing hormone therapy. Walking, swimming, lifting weights and all other forms of activity help to keep your bones strong and help you to keep your muscles active and working throughout treatment.
Prostate Cancer UK say that the amount of physical activity you should do depends on a few things, such as your stage of cancer and the treatment you’re having; along with your current fitness levels. It has been shown that high-intensity exercise can produce results for those with cancer, but it is vital to find the right level of exercise for you to make sure staying active along with undergoing treatment is manageable.
If you can’t find enough time to try out different exercises to find out how long and how regularly you should exercise, it is possible to go to a qualified Personal Trainer who will be able to work with you to help keep you active in the best way for you. There are stories of people fighting cancer going to Personal Trainers, and the evidence is there that finding the perfect approach for you can work wonders.
Along with exercise being able to help keep bones and muscles as healthy as possible throughout treatment, it can also benefit you by helping fight any extreme tiredness that you may get from the treatment, as it is shown that light exercise can help to make you feel more awake and boost your mood.
Overall, there are various approaches that you can take to keep and healthy lifestyle when fighting prostate cancer, but the results are not certain. All that is known is that keeping a healthy lifestyle and making manageable changes such as walking once a day or eating healthier foods will help you to manage treatment better. Although the results aren’t certain, we urge everyone with prostate cancer to make healthy lifestyle choices wherever they can.