It’s prostate cancer awareness month.
But I probably don’t have to remind you of that. After all, the folks who practice mainstream medicine hit you in the head with it every year.
Or I guess it would be more accurate to say they kick you “down there.” And far too many of them do it with some of the worst cancer advice a guy could hear.
Even though PSA tests are now widely recognized as a miserable failure, those campaigns STILL push unaware men into the screenings. And I will give you one guess who usually backs most of those yearly drives.
If you said “urologists,” you win the stuffed bear… and it’s clear you’ve been paying attention to what you read here in Healthier Talk.
In other words, the very people who get paid to do the PSA tests, biopsies, and surgeries are the ones giving them the hard sell. Talk about a conflict of interest.
So today, let me give you something those tainted campaigns won’t. And that’s REAL advice on how to avoid the DEADLIEST prostate cancers.
And I’ll give you a hint. It has nothing to do with PSA tests, awareness campaigns, or screening programs.
The spare tire link to deadly prostate cancer
Guys are starting to wake up to the fact that a “prostate cancer” diagnosis isn’t always the tragedy we all once thought it was. In fact, most of those cancers are relatively harmless.
They often don’t need treatment. And don’t even need to be screened for in the first place in most cases (so long, PSA test).
Instead, the focus should be on developing a way to prevent the less common prostate tumors that CAN turn deadly.
And that’s where a new study, presented at the European and International Conference on Obesity, fills in the gap. Because it reveals what could make a life-or-death difference when it comes to prostate cancer.
There’s a single risk factor… one that cuts across age, race, income levels, and more… that could lead DIRECTLY to some of the deadliest prostate tumors.
It’s your waistline.
If you’re slim and trim, there’s not much to worry about. But if you’re carrying around some extra belly fat, it’s time to get serious.
Slash your belly fat and slash your risk
Research reveals that fat… specifically the belly fat hanging out around your middle… could help drive deadly prostate cancer.
Experts say the big number to watch out for is “4.” If the waistline on your pants begins with a 4 or higher, you’re 35 percent more likely to die of prostate cancer over the next decade than a guy with a trimmer waistline.
So it’s time to pull that belt buckle in a notch or two and focus on dropping those extra pounds.
But here’s the thing. Simply losing weight won’t cut it. You need to burn off belly fat. And if you just cut calories alone, you may find that the numbers on your scale drop, but the fat can still stubbornly cling to your middle.
So take two specific steps to target your belly blubber.
STEP ONE: Cut way back on processed foods, especially the junk carbs. They set off a chain reaction in the body that leads to empty calories being stored as fat – usually right around the middle.
STEP TWO: Move a little more. You don’t need an “ab burner” or any other torture gadget sold as fitness equipment. Just be active in general to keep your metabolism cooking, so it’s always searching for fat to burn off for energy. Need some inspiration? Check out my “no exercise” plan to get fit and feel fantastic.
And should your doctor suspect a fast-growing and potentially dangerous prostate tumor ask him about skipping the painful and risky biopsy and using a new non-invasive spermine test instead.