How-To Maintain Prostate Health
What Every Man Should Know
Your prostate health is critical to your overall health. The prostate gland is a vital organ and should be treated as such. Natural treatments for prostate health are best for maintaining a healthy prostate gland.
This is a guide to all things prostate: preventing prostate cancer; a description of the prostate gland and its' function; what causes prostate inflammation; prostate infections; types supplements available for your prostate; getting a prostate biopsy and a prostate specific antigen test. Also, detecting signs of an enlarged prostate and the effects of prostate cancer and why some sectors of our population (specifically African American men) are at an increased risk of developing and dying from prostate cancer.
Your Health and Nutrition
Eating whole foods for good prostate health should include fruits, vegetables (especially dark green vegetables), some herbal supplements, and taking specific minerals and nutrients.
Eating a diet loaded with veggies has been shown to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer by over 40%. If you’re unsure of which veggies are the best choices, start with the cruciferous family, which includes kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. These cruciferous vegetables have been shown to fight cancerous prostate cells.
It’s almost impossible to get all the nutrients and minerals we need simply through our daily meals and drinks. That’s why some prostate supplements can and should play an important role in helping us get what we need to have this gland function at its' best.
The Prostate Gland
The prostate is part of a man's reproductive system. The prostate gland is the size of a walnut. It is found in front of the rectum and just below the bladder, which stores urine. The prostate makes some of the milky fluid (semen) that carries sperm. The prostate wraps around a tube (the urethra) that carries urine from the bladder out through the tip of the penis.
As we get older, we are at a greater risk of developing an enlarged prostate, (a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia - BPH), and prostate cancer.
In BPH the enlarged prostate squeezes the urethra, which slows or stops the flow of urine, making it difficult for men to urinate. BPH affects more than half of men over age 60 and about 80 percent of men by age 80. By age 80, as many as 35 percent of men will have undergone surgery to relieve BPH symptoms such as frequent urination, straining to urinate, a weak urine stream, and a sensation that the bladder has not completely emptied. However, watchful waiting should be the standard approach for BPH patients who have mild symptoms.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death in American men. Men can be screened for prostate cancer with a blood test called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or a digital rectal exam, in which the doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate for hard or lumpy areas.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have many treatment options. The treatment that is best for one man may not be best for another. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or a combination of these. The doctor may also recommend watchful waiting and begin treatment only if symptoms occur or get worse.
Proper functioning of the male prostate gland is dependent on male hormones like testosterone. The prostate gland starts growing during puberty in males and keeps growing throughout your life, though its rate of growth slows down after 25 years of age. Many prostate problems in men are caused due to its enlargement.
This guide to prostate health is easy to follow. This Ultimate Guide to Prostate Health is dedicated to improving the lives of adults by providing healthy, nutritional information and support and will help you to develop the knowledge necessary to promote a positive and healthy lifestyle change.
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