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June is Men’s Health Month
June 4, 2010, 7:40 am
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This month we’ll be addressing health issues associated with men.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicated that men who consumed high amounts of red meat, as well as processed meats and grilled or barbecued meats have a higher risk for developing advanced prostate cancer.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute tracked approximately 175,000 men aged 50 to 71 in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study for nine years. The risk of advanced prostate cancer was roughly 30 percent higher in those who reported eating the most red meat (about 5 ounces a day) than in those who ate the least (less than 1 ounce). The risk was also about 30 percent higher in those who ate the most processed meat (about 2 ounces a day) than in those who ate the least (little or none). And the risk was about 30 percent higher in those who consumed the most iron from meat, the most benzo[a]pyrene (found in grilled or barbecued meat), or the most nitrates or nitrites (which are added to processed meats).

Additional studies suggest high meat consumption also raises the risk of  heart disease and diabetes. Making good lifestyle changes early on can help up the odds of preventing such diseases.  Choose nitrate- and nitrite free meats when available, and limit consumption of red meat.  A plant-based diet is still the best diet, so go heavy on the fruits and vegetables.  Our choices today are already shaping our tomorrow…