BEATING THE MEAT TO STAY HEALTHY

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Prostate cancer is one of the common cancers in men. In most cases it goes unnoticed because it grows as the man ages. The risk of prostate cancer increases as one gets older. Scientists found out that men who ejaculate 21 or more times a month enjoy a 33% lower risk of prostate cancer compared to men who ejaculate 4 to 7 times a month.

The hormones that your body naturally produce can contribute to the development of prostate cancer. Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is responsible for the deep voice, increased muscle mass, and strong bones that are prevalent in males. It is also responsible for the male sex drive and sexual performance and contributes to aggression. The growth of prostate cells is stimulated when testosterone is naturally converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). According to studies, excess levels of DHT have been implicated in the development of prostate cancer. Another hormone implicated in the development of prostate cancer is excessive levels of insulin growth-like factor 1 (IGF-1). There is a modest increase in prostate cancer in men who have the high levels of IGF-1.

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There are some symptoms that you can look for that might be caused by prostate cancer. See your doctor if you experience symptoms such as frequent urination, especially at night, weak or interrupted flow of urine, difficulty urinating or straining to start the urine stream, inability to urinate, pain or burning while urinating, blood in the urine or semen, difficulty having an erection, or nagging pain in the back, hips, or pelvis. These symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer, but you should see your doctor to get tested for it or other issues.

Here are ways to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Masturbation is a nearly universal safe sexual activity that is not only pleasurable but also conveys health benefits. If you masturbate five or more times per week, you are 34% less likely to develop prostate cancer by age 70. Along the same lines, sex also counts toward the total number of weekly ejaculations. The finding could be explained by the flushing out of cancer-causing agents during ejaculation. Prostate cancer can also be reduced by changing your diet. Reduce on fatty foods and increase on fruits. Don’t forget to exercise daily and do some aerobics.

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