Another Message to Black Men - #1: Watch Your Diet
Good day. In this article, I want to try something a bit different. Just like the series I did on Selfless Sex, I’m starting another series called Another Message to Black Men, discussing and offering solutions to preventing the development of prostate cancer. In this first article, I want to discuss diet and how changing your diet can really aid in the prevention of various cancers, especially prostate cancer.
The southern diet
Before I really get started, I want to drop a quick nugget about our love of fried foods, aka The Southern Diet. It's really not a secret that “...experts have long known that black individuals are more likely to die of heart disease and stroke than white individuals -- and that rates of high blood pressure explain a lot of that disparity.”1 Much of the great foods which are typically included in the Southern Diet are actually really bad for us. It’s all the salt and pork that really increases our blood pressure and does us harm. Soapbox rant over...
Actually, there are a few foods that could work to increase or decrease the levels of your testosterone. Please remember cancer cells react to the presence and/or absence of testosterone; cancer cells seem to grow faster in the presence of testosterone.2 There are foods out there that can naturally decrease the level of testosterone found in one body. Let’s take a look at those.
Here, I’d like to mention just a few foods that are known to decrease the amount of testosterone in your body. According to Medical News Today, these foods include:3
- Soy Products. Soy foods, such as tofu, edamame, and soy protein isolates, contain phytoestrogens. These compounds are similar to estrogen and function in a similar way.
- Dairy Products. Many people looking to decrease their testosterone levels might add dairy products to their diet. Some cow's milk contains synthetic or natural hormones, which may affect testosterone levels.
- Bread, Pastries, and Desserts. A study in the journal Nutrients linked a diet high in bread, pastries, and other desserts to low total testosterone levels in Taiwanese men. Additional factors included high dairy consumption, eating out regularly, and not eating enough dark green vegetables.
Talk to your doctor
Of course, as I prefer to end all of my articles about prostate cancer, please talk to your doctor before making any sort of major changes to your diet, especially when it comes to prostate cancer.
With that said, you should talk to your doctor about what foods you can really add to your diet. I’m sure there are many tasty foods you can add, especially if you or your partner likes to cook. FYI – spices go a long way to making boring foods taste better. Additionally, you may just have to avoid the butter, lard, salt, garlic salt, bacon fat, fatback, and all those other ingredients that make food taste great. Soapbox rant over...part two. Thank you.
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