Looking after your health after treatment for prostate cancer
This year, around 40,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Seven out of ten will probably go on to live for ten years or more following treatment. But treatments can sometimes leave a man with a higher risk of dying from other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart attack and strokes. This is because the hormones used for treatment affect how fats in the diet are metabolised and stored.
More weight means more risk…
Men who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to get side effects from treatment.
Some of these side effects can be improved by lifestyle changes. Lifestyle change may also help to prevent the cancer from coming back (recurring) as well as reducing the aggressiveness of a recurrence should it happen.
A recent survey of UK men with prostate cancer found that 63% were overweight and 71% inactive. While this in itself may not be shocking (after all in the UK 64% of adults are overweight or obese, which is certainly shocking), it is the effect of this sedentary lifestyle, combined with the particular effects of prostate cancer treatment that can have a major impact on long term well-being and survival. Put simply, men who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to experience side effects from treatment.
What can be done?
The good news is that some of these side effects can be improved by making lifestyle changes – small and simple changes to eating and exercise habits on a daily basis. These changes may also help to prevent the cancer from coming back (recurring) as well as reducing the aggressiveness of a recurrence should it happen.
The information on this website has been inspired by the TrueNTH Exercise and Diet study. However, regardless of whether you are taking part in the study or not, the information on this website could help you to take control of your life after a prostate cancer diagnosis.
You can decide to take charge of your lifestyle. The information you can find on this website and on the links within it, can provide you with valuable information, guidance and support. Using various self-assessment tools, you can determine your own levels of fitness and strength and then follow the relevant advice to make small changes to your own lifestyle (your diet and exercise – basically, the way you choose to live). Incorporating these small changes into your life can make big differences to your risk of having problems with your heart and developing diabetes.
The exercise and eating well pages of this website contain useful information for anyone with prostate cancer and advice on how to make realistic lifestyle changes to reduce risks of developing heart disease and diabetes.
The TrueNTH Exercise and Diet Study is all about lifestyle change. It is not a rigorous programme to be followed for a short time and then forgotten about. Rather it is a springboard to a new, healthier and probably more enjoyable lifestyle, with a reduced risk of diabetes, heart attack or stroke along the way.
If you are taking part in the TrueNTH Exercise and Diet Study, the team and the pharmacies will work with you to assess your baseline fitness and strength and provide you with a personalised prescription of diet and exercise which you may then choose to incorporate into your life. Use the information on this website to help you do this successfully.