STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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IT PAYS TO KNOW PROSTATE CANCER SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra or the tumor grows into surrounding tissues and organs. Because of the proximity of the prostate gland in relation to the bladder and urethra, prostate cancer may be accompanied by a variety of urinary symptoms. Depending on its size and location, a tumor may be pressing on and constricting the urethra, inhibiting the urine flow. Some prostate cancer signs related to urination include trouble starting or difficulty urinating; stopping while urinating; pain or burning during urination; frequent urge to urinate at night; blood in the urine (hematuria); loss of bladder control; and decreased flow or velocity of the urine stream.


Other symptoms include painful ejaculation; blood in the semen; erectile dysfunction; swelling in the legs or pelvic area; and bone pain that doesn’t go away. Late signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, which occur as the cancer grows or spreads to other parts of the body, include weight loss, fatigue, nausea or vomiting and anemia.


To diagnose prostate cancer, your doctor may do a digital rectal exam (DRE) to feel the prostate for lumps or anything unusual. Blood tests for prostate specific

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It is located beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum. Male hormones called androgens stimulate the activity and growth of the prostate.


Many men’s prostates get larger as they grow older due to a non-cancerous condition called prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy (besides skin cancer) diagnosed in men. Nearly 1.1 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year around the world. It affects one in seven men in America.


The risk factors for prostate cancer include being over 65 years old – the older a man gets, the more likely he will develop prostate cancer. Your risk of prostate cancer is higher if you have a family history of it. Prostate cancer is more common among African-American men as compared to Asian/ Pacific Islanders and Native American and Native Alaskan men.


The American Cancer Society recommends men make an informed decision with their doctors about whether to be tested for prostate cancer beginning at age 50 years. Prostate cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages because it is a slow-growing cancer. The symptoms do not appear until the cancer has

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antigens (PSA) are also used in prostate cancer screening. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer and how fast it grows. Options include watchful waiting, surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.


To reduce your risk of prostate cancer, try eating soy products such as soy beans and tofu; tomatoes and food containing tomato sauce; vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli; fish such as salmon and sardines; walnuts; and flaxseed. Leading a healthy lifestyle can also help you reduce your risk.


Sources and Resources


•  American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org)

•  Cancer Treatment Centers of America (www.cancercenter.com)

•  MedLine Plus (www.medlineplus.gov)

•  Prostate Cancer Treatment Research Foundation (www.pctrf.org)