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Can Hormonal Rx for Prostate Cancer Raise Dementia Risk?

The risk of dementia might be doubled for prostate cancer patients who are treated with testosterone-lowering drugs, according to a new study reported in HealthDay News. The study was conducted by a radiation oncologist who looked at patients undergoing androgen-deprivation therapy for their cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the U.S., about 230,000 men get diagnosed with it every year but only about 29,000 die from it. What we don't know is how many of those who die actually die from the disease and how many die because of the treatment.

Fortunately, you can do things now that may prevent you from ever having to worry about getting prostate cancer, and thus any treatment for it. Studies have actually shown that a diet high in fruits and vegetables are beneficial in preventing and treating prostate cancer, with the consumption of tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, green tea and vitamins including Vitamin E and selenium seeming to lead to a decreased risk of prostate cancer.

On the other hand, consumption of highly processed or charcoaled meats seems to be correlated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. One reason grilling over charcoal can harm you is that it causes chemical changes in the meat that increase the amounts of glycotoxins in it, which are linked to increased inflammation and oxidative stress in your body. If you do grill, you can decrease this risk by simply adding an array of spices such as rosemary, garlic, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and skipping the charring part of the cooking process.
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