A team of researchers from the University of Bristol and Imperial College London, UK, using a new method to assess the risk factors for developing prostate cancer, determined that there is a link between a lack of physical activity and a higher risk of developing the disease.
For the research, the scientists gathered medical information on 79,148 participants with prostate cancer and 61,106 participants without the condition.
The analysis of the received data showed that men with a genetic variation responsible for the higher chances to get this type of cancer who were physically active had a 51% lower risk of the condition compared to men who didn’t have this variation.
The study co-author Sarah Lewis, Ph.D. comments: “This study is the largest-ever of its kind, which uses a relatively new method that complements current observational research to discover what causes prostate cancer. It suggests that there could be a larger effect of physical activity on prostate cancer than previously thought, so will hopefully encourage men to be more active.
A new study from the United Kingdom finds that men with higher levels of testosterone could be at higher risk to develop prostate cancer by almost 20%.
The study included more than 200,000 British men who were tested with a simple blood test that can predict the risk of prostate cancer. The analysis of the test results showed that men with the highest levels of testosterone were 18% more likely to be diagnosed with the condition compared to their counterparts.
Dr. Ruth Travis, who led the study from Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, says: “This research tells us that these two hormones (testosterone and IGF-I) could be a mechanism that links things like diet, lifestyle and body size with the risk of prostate cancer. This takes us a step closer to strategies for preventing the disease.”
A new 14-week trial finds that male participants who added two handfuls, or 60 grams, of nuts every day to a Western-style diet, reported improvement in sexual function.
To investigate the effect of nut consumption, the researchers assigned 43 men to the nut-eating group and 40 men to the control group. Both groups ate a Western-style diet, except that the first group got 60 grams of mixed nuts every day.
The analysis of the received data showed that participants who added nuts to their diets showed improvements in two measures of sexual function: orgasmic function and sexual desire.
A new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) finds that men with erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, and other urologic conditions are usually at higher risk of developing depression and having issues with sleep.
For the study, a team of researchers examined 124 men whose average age was 54 years. They all attended a clinic specializing in men’s health. The participants filled out questionnaires about mental and general health, sleep, and urologic conditions.
First study author Arman S. Walia, of the Department of Urology at UCI, explains: “This underscores the importance of screening for conditions, thereby preventing patients from slipping through the crack and being able to more accurately identify those in need of further interventions.”
The pelvic floor muscles are the muscles supporting pelvic organs — the bladder and the bowel. This set of exercises for the pelvic floor offers many benefits to both, men and women.
For women, these exercises aid with a lower risk of vaginal prolapsed, better bowel and bladder control, and improved recovery after giving a birth. For men, they benefit by speeding recovery after prostate surgery, decrease the risk of rectal prolapsed, and improve bowel and bladder control. These are the best four exercises for this group of muscles:
Kegel exercise: sit in a comfortable position, close the eyes, and visualize the muscles that can stop urine flow. Try to tighten these muscles as much as possible. Hold for 3–5 seconds. Release the muscles and rest for a few seconds. Repeat up to ten times.
Squeeze and release: sit in a position that can be comfortable for you. Picture the pelvic floor muscles. Squeeze the muscles as quickly as possible. Rest for 3–5 seconds and then repeat up to 10 or 20 times.
Bridge: lie down on your back, bend the knees, and place your feet on the floor on the width of hips, The arms should be lying alongside your body with the palms downward. Contract the buttocks and pelvic floor to lift the buttocks several inches above the ground. Hold this position from 3 to 8 seconds. Relax the buttocks and the pelvic floor. Repeat up to 10 times. Try to perform 2 repetitions more.
Squats: feet are apart on the hip-width, flat on the ground. Bend the knees to lower the buttocks toward the ground. Keep your back straight. Knees are in line with toes. Tighten the buttocks and the pelvic floor when returning to a standing position. Repeat up to 10 times.
Remember to consult your doctor before performing these exercises.
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