Prostate cancer treatment is the most common cause of hot flushes in men. The length of time flushes can last for and their intensity varies. It’s difficult to stop hot flushes and night sweats, but their frequency and intensity can be reduced.
Hormone treatment causes hot flushes in men by lowering the amount of testosterone in the body. Cancer Research UK state “We know from research that more than 7 out of 10 men who have drugs called luteinising hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) blockers will have hot flushes… About half the men who have this treatment (orchidectomy) have hot flushes.”
The frequency and severity of hot flushes in men gradually lessens over time. For many, the flushes last as long as they are receiving treatment. However, there are certain manageable factors that have been linked to triggering flushes and night sweats. Try avoiding of reducing the following:
- Spicy foods
- Tight clothing
There are other measures that you can take to help reduce hot flushes:
- Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use a fan if needed. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibres such as cotton.
- Eat a well-balanced, wholesome diet and don’t miss meals. Low blood sugar levels can be one of the causes of hot flushes.
- Drink plenty of water, at least a litre and a half. This will help to hydrate you and alleviate hot flushes.
- Exercise regularly.
- Breathing. Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (six to eight breaths per minute). Practise deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening, and at the onset of hot flushes.
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