Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)

When it comes to prostate health for men, experts agree that there are certain factors including obesity and smoking that contribute to the development of the disease. More recent research has identified another important factor that may be playing a key role in prostate health. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that when the physical activity level of men dropped, their PSA levels rose. An elevation in this bodily protein has long been associated with inflammation or infection in the body, as well as with prostate cancer.

The study showed that a 16% rise in PSA levels occurred when men had just an hour of extra sedentary time added to their day. In contrast, men who had only one hour of minimal physical activity added to their day demonstrated an 18% less likely chance of having elevated PSA levels. These results indicate that getting the body moving may not only be good for maintaining a healthy weight but for maintaining a healthy prostate as well.

PSA and Cancer

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) are proteins formed by cells in the prostate gland. Earlier, it was believed that elevated PSA levels acquired from a simple blood test were believed to be a huge red flag for prostate cancer. Today, all doctors know that high PSA levels could be false alarms to cancer. Inactive lifestyle is not the only thing that can cause these levels to rise – benign conditions like inflammation, infection, or enlargement of the prostate can increase them too.

Bottom Line

Now that the association between physical activity and PSA levels is known, you must consider it to be one of those aspects that can affect prostate health. It should also be taken into consideration by doctors along with medications, family history, and prostate exam results when examining who actually needs a prostate biopsy.

Source – HealthyLife

 

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