Diabetes

Tips for Diabetics on Prostate Health

Most men, including diabetic men, if they live long enough, will have some problem with their prostate gland. The most common problem of the prostate gland is that is enlarges, and causes pressure on the male urethra. A swollen prostate can interfere with the flow of urine, so it is important to keep your prostate gland as healthy as possible. Nowadays, more and more attention is given to men’s health. If you don’t already have a problem with your prostate gland, you may be able to avoid ever getting an enlarged prostate. The following tips may help you prevent disorders of the prostate.

Just as diet plays an important role in the treatment of diabetes, diet also has an impact on prostate health. Foods rich in selenium, lycopene, and polyphenols are very good foods to protect your prostate gland, and these foods are very useful in the diabetic diet to help keep blood glucose levels within normal limits, or at least, near normal limits. The lycopene group of foods includes garlic, fish, shellfish, and Brazil nuts. If you like garlic, you can make garlic toast, and make a recipe of fish or shellfish cooked in garlic. The Lycopene group includes foods such as tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. The polyphenol group consists of foods such as cranberries, pomegranates, red wine, and soy products. All of these foods are good to incorporate into your diabetic diet.

Healthy fats are another way to take care of your diabetes and your prostate health. Healthy fats are fats such as olive oil, safflower oil, and avocados. When you serve lycopene rich foods with healthy fats, such as these listed, you are taking good care of your prostate, your heart and vascular system. Being diabetic, a diet rich in these foods will help to keep your diabetes under control, while guarding your prostate health.

You know that foods like blueberries and other fruits contain antioxidants, but did you know your body can also produce antioxidants? Your body produces native antioxidants, and eating cruciferous vegetables, such as artichokes, beets, broccoli and cabbage are good ways to stimulate your body to produce native antioxidants. These cruciferous vegetables contain a natural compound called sulforaphane which is the compound that tells your body to release native antioxidants. These cancer fighting foods are also beneficial to you, as a diabetic to add fiber to the diet and to keep your blood glucose levels within a healthy range.

There is another group of foods that are known as anti-inflammatory foods. Foods, such as grapes, ginger, onions, blueberries, ginger, turmeric, oregano, and pumpkin seeds contain a certain type of bioflavonoid called quercetin which helps to regulate hormones, including the hormone, insulin. When planning your eating plan for each day, make sure you choose some of these very good foods and spices to help take care of your prostate health. When you eat your scheduled snack, eat a bowl of grapes, or blueberries. You can also mix some of your fruits, such as cherries, strawberries, grapes and blueberries. Blueberries pack the biggest punch in this anti-inflammatory group, so you might try to incorporate blueberries into your diet every day to take care of your prostate health.

As a diabetic, your blood sugar levels will likely be on your mind every day. Be sure to check your blood glucose level each day with a glucometer. Your doctor may suggest you check your blood sugar level more than once a day. You should be able to balance your blood glucose level by balancing your servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day, while maintaining good prostate health.

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