Exercising Right for Prostate Cancer

This month is Prostate Cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in men in Australia, with almost 20,000 diagnoses each year.

What is Prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males in Australia. It occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. Sometimes these abnormal cells can multiply and spread into surrounding or distant tissue in the body.

How can exercise help?

As well as the general benefits exercise has on health and well-being, there are specific benefits to men with prostate cancer who are currently undergoing treatment or have done so in the past.

Men with prostate cancer currently on a hormone therapy may experience numerous side effects including:

  • Reduced bone mineral density

  • Reduced muscle mass

  • Fatigue

  • Increased cholesterol levels: which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Feelings of depression or anxiety

Appropriately prescribed exercise is a great way to help manage these side effects.

What type of exercise is best?

It is recommended that men perform a combination of both aerobic and resistance exercises. This will help combat a loss of muscle mass or bone density that may occur during treatment, assist in managing fatigue, decrease cardiovascular risk factors like increased cholesterol and assist in managing feelings of depression or anxiety that may arise.

Males that have undergone radical prostectomy as part of their treatment, might also be recommended to complete additional pelvic floor exercises.

Are there any exercise considerations?

Risk of bone fracture, is increased with hormone therapy or if cancer has spread to the bones. Therefore, it is important to get guidance on what exercise is safe and appropriate for you from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has experience working with men who have prostate cancer.

For more information on how we can help, contact us on 8969 6300 or info@bblifestyleclinic.com.au