Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Exercise and your prostate

Regular physical activity can help keep you — and your prostate — healthy

By now, we've all heard about the value of exercise in maintaining good health. Literally hundreds of studies conducted over more than half a century demonstrate that regular exercise pares down your risk of developing some deadly problems, including heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer (colorectal cancer, for example). It also eases the toll of chronic ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis.

What may come as a surprise is that regular physical activity may actually help prevent some prostate disorders and improve prostate health. Emerging scientific evidence suggests that engaging in a few hours of exercise a week may help keep prostate enlargement in check and reduce the chances of developing erectile dysfunction. It can also ease the symptoms of prostatitis and lower urinary tract problems, as well as lessen the side effects associated with prostate cancer treatment. And a small number of studies suggest that it may even reduce your risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.*

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