Did you know that as your weight creeps up, so does the size of your prostate? Research has shown that overweight men are more likely to develop BPH than their normal-weight counterparts. Where you carry your excess weight-on your hips or your waist-may also play a role in your BPH risk. The good news is that maintaining a healthy weight by eating right and exercising could tip the odds of having a healthy prostate in your favor.
Are you overweight or obese?
The easiest way to find out if you have a weight issue is to calculate your body mass index (BMI), a measure of your weight in relation to your height.
Step 1. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
Step 2. Multiply your height in inches by itself.
Step 3. Divide the result in step 1 by the result in step 2.
If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight. You’re considered obese if your BMI is 30 or higher.
You can also use an online BMI calculator, such as the one provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (tinyurl.com/WP-calculate-BMI).
Resources that can help
Unfortunately, there is no magic antidote for overweight and obesity. The best advice is to eat fewer calories (smaller portions of healthful foods) and to exercise more often.
Need help planning meals that can help you move toward a healthier weight? Ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist or registered dietician, particularly if you have heart disease, diabetes, or another illness with dietary considerations.
Another option is to go to www.choosemyplate.gov/online-tools and click on MyPlatePlan. Then, simply enter your age, weight, height, gender, and physical activity level. Based on this information, the online tool will create a personalized nutrition plan showing how much you should eat daily from each of the major food groups.