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  » Medical News Archive  »  All About MEN: Prostate Health? Mission Possible
Evading prostate cancer could be a little easier if you'd put more of these on your plate: cruciferous vegetables.

Turns out sulforaphane -- the compound that makes the veggies in this family taste a little bitter and smell a little funky -- can help disarm prostate cancer cells before they do any damage. Here's the cruciferous lineup. Team Green (and White)
There's no surefire way to prevent prostate cancer. But your risk is greatly affected by your diet and everyday habits. For example, how much broccoli you eat. And how much cauliflower. These veggies -- along with cabbage, kale, and bok choy -- belong to the cruciferous family, and research shows that this family may put the kibosh on prostate cancer like no other veggie group.

More tools to add to your prostate protection squad:

* Up your intake of fruits and veggies. Although cruciferous veggies seem to be particularly helpful in protecting your prostate, upping your intake of produce, in general, is good for it, too.

Cut back on red meat.
Getting Off the Cow
Reducing the amount of red meat in your diet can be easy with these tips.
Written by RealAge, Inc., peer-reviewed by Dr. Axel Goetz, October 2005

Cutting back on red meat makes good health sense and makes your RealAge younger. Studies show that eating too much red meat can increase your risk of many chronic health conditions.
But what kind of nutrition hole is created when you limit red meat in your diet? The truth is, it's easy to miss out on important nutrients when you cut back on a major food source. So, when you cut back on red meat, make a balanced eating plan to help ensure you don't shortchange yourself on important nutrients such as protein , vitamins B12 and D , calcium , iron , and zinc .

To get enough of these important nutrients, replace red meat with other foods that contain them. Soy products, such as tofu or soy burgers; legumes, such as lentils or garbanzo beans; low-fat dairy; dark green, leafy vegetables; nuts; and whole grains can supply many of these nutrients. Also, poultry and fish are leaner sources of protein that provide many of the same nutrients found in red meat.

The Research on Red Meat

cardiovascular disease: In a study, postmenopausal women who substituted vegetable protein for their usual red meat lowered their coronary heart disease mortality by a whopping 30%.
arthritis: In a recent study, men and women who ate the greatest amount of red meat and meat products and total protein had higher rates of inflammatory polyarthritis compared with people who ate the least amounts.
diabetes: If you're at high risk for type 2 diabetes, you may reduce your risk by up to 50% by exercising regularly and eating a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and fiber while limiting red meat and other sources of saturated fats.
cancer: Several studies suggest that high intake of both red meat and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Also, high-heat cooking methods, such as grilling, broiling, or pan frying, provoke the formation of carcinogenic compounds in red meat. You can decrease the formation of these compounds by marinating meat for 1 hour before cooking, steaming or poaching meat, turning the meat frequently while cooking over medium heat, and by adding rosemary extract before cooking.