If you don’t know what your prostate is or what job it does, you’re not alone. Most men don’t have a clue as to what their prostate is all about.
More than 30 million men suffer from prostate problems that affect their quality of life.
The male prostate is slightly larger than a walnut. It weighs between 7 and 16 grams. It’s located next to the urethra just below the urinary bladder.
WHAT IS BPH?
BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) develops when your prostate gland cells begin to multiply. This process in turn swells your prostate gland which squeezes the urethra and diminishes your flow of urine. BPH can become so severe that virtually no urine leaves your bladder. This is a serious problem that can cause urinary tract infections and damage your kidneys.
BPH is a normal condition of male aging. There is an estimate that 90% of men over 80 have varying degrees of BPH. In addition, changes in male sex hormones, as you grow older, may be a factor in BPH. However, the exact cause of BPH is unknown.
PROSTATITIS is an inflammation of the prostate. It can develop into a more serious condition if not treated. This prostate condition can be diagnosed through a digital rectal exam or a PSA blood test. PSA (prostate specific antigen) is an enzyme that is normally present in seminal fluid. If you have high levels in your bloodstream, it serves as an abnormal prostate marker. It could indicate BPH, prostate infection, cancer or other abnormalities.
• Over 50% of men in their 60’s and as many as 80% in their 70’s or older, have symptoms of BPH.
• Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die of it.
• Prostatitis is an issue for men of all ages and affects 35% of men aged 50 or over.
• Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American Men, behind only lung cancer.
• Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men.
• About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
BULLET PROOFING YOUR PROSTATE
First and foremost, see your doctor/urologist on a regular basis. Some men, due to fear or embarrassment, won’t see their doctor regarding prostate problems. These men are not being fair to their family or themselves, as many prostate problems can be easily treated if caught early. Something as simple as a PSA blood test can be an indicator of prostate problems. Early diagnosis can ultimately be a life changer.
Daily exercise can afford you better prostate health. Many doctors endorse a minimum of ½ hour of exercise per day. Studies indicate regular exercise increases the flow of oxygen in your body. This helps stabilize glucose levels in the bloodstream which may help you to offset prostate enlargement.
LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Limit alcohol consumption which add calories to your diet and additional weight gain can put pressure on your internal organs. It has been found that Red Wine is the best alcohol to consume. Researchers have found that men who drink four to seven glasses of red wine per week, are only 52% as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who abstain from red wine as reported in the June 2007 issue of Harvard’s Men’s Health Watch. Why red wine? Doctor’s don’t know why this is. But much of the speculation focuses on chemicals-including various flavonoids and resveratrol-that is missing from other alcoholic beverages. These components have anti-oxidant properties, and some appear to counterbalance androgens, the male hormones that stimulate the prostate.
EAT HEALTHY FOODS
Your diet should consist of healthy fruits, vegetables and fish. It’s imperative to avoid fatty foods. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. Some research suggests diets rich in omega-3s lower risks of some health issues.
Vitamin D is an effective treatment for prostate cancer in some patients, a UK study suggests. A once daily dose reduced PSA levels-by as much as half. There has been much interest in Vitamin D in prostate cancer after studies linking risk of the disease to the lack of sunshine exposure, the researchers said.
Study leader, Professor Jonathon Waxman, from the Imperial College of London, said vitamin D therapy was effective and well tolerated. He said “it’s very interesting there has been no significant trial of vitamin D. This treatment is unlikely to have significant toxicity and is a welcome addition to the therapeutic options for patients with prostate cancer.”
One theory is that vitamin D interferes with the effect of the androgen receptor, which is stimulated by hormones such as testosterone and implicated in prostate cancer.
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