Prostate health is a concern to millions of men. Located just below the bladder, the prostate is connected to male urinary and sexual health. The prostate is an integral part of the male “plumbing” that deteriorates as you age leading to various forms of prostate disease and discomfort.
Prostate Health should be a concern for every man over the age of 30 as prostate disease is not just an “old man’s disease” as many are led to believe.
In fact, more and more men in their 30’s are getting prostate cancer, particularly in the USA, where diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer. In addition, nearly every man as he ages will have symptoms of BPH (benign prostatitic hyperplasia), otherwise known as an enlarged prostate which can severely impact a man’s quality of life. The third most common prostate disease is prostatitis, which is a disease that has many forms, some of them severe enough to lead to lifelong chronic pain. Lets take a quick look at all three of these prostate health concerns in more detail.
Prostate cancer strikes 1 in 6 men in the USA and there is no way to prevent it. It strikes men younger and younger each year with men in their 30’s now getting the disease.
Even the major medical institutions like Johns Hopkins and the World Health Organization (WHO) are now recognizing the importance of diet and lifestyle in reducing the risk of getting prostate cancer. In fact, the WHO recently acknowledged that up to 90% of prostate cancer could be diet related.
What this tells us is the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in reducing your personal risk so that you are not that 1 in 6 men that gets prostate cancer. Even though the disease is treatable, 30% of prostate cancers return (even after surgery), so maintaining prostate health with lifestyle, diet, exercise and supplements is critical to maintaining your immunity.
BPH is basically an enlarged prostate, primarily caused by hormonal changes as you age. BPH leads to all forms of uncomfortable urinary symptoms as well as other discomfort and health problems.
BPH symptoms include frequent urination, urgency of urination and “stopping and starting” of flow. BPH also causes nocturia, which is the frequent “getting up at night” and inability to sleep due to the urge to urinate. This is a big problem for men not just because of the urinary issues, but also due to the depression and other lifestyle problems from not getting enough sleep. It’s also a big problem for the partners of men with BPH who are usually also the ones that suffer due to their partners frequent urinary habits at night preventing them from getting a good nights sleep.
Because BPH is caused mostly by hormonal factors it’s important to maintain a healthy hormone balance in men; especially the balance of testosterone (and DHT) to estradiol, the male form of estrogen. Prostate supplements like green tea extract, pollen extract, quercetin, stinging nettle, curcumin (turmeric), pygeum africanum, DIM and beta-sitosterol work to promote healthy hormone levels in men looking to maximize their prostate health.
Prostatitis is not as well known in the prostate disease family but it is the #1 reason men visit a urologist each year. There is no age limit and it strikes men young and old alike; and can lead to lifelong distress if not treated properly.
There are many forms of prostatitis but the 2 most common are bacterial and non-bacterial prostatitis. As it sounds, bacterial prostatitis is caused by bacteria invading the prostate (usually e-coli) and resulting in infection and inflammation. Non-bacterial prostatitis (or CPPS – Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome) is often caused by stress and other lifestyle factors but the true cause is unknown. Both of these forms of prostatitis have significant sexual and urinary symptoms including painful ejaculations and chronic pain in the pelvic region.
Treatment for bacterial prostatitis is usually in the form of antibiotics however CPPS (not being bacterial) does not respond to antibiotics and often patients need to look to natural therapies for prostate health. These natural therapies include acupuncture, pelvic therapy, prostate massage as well as natural supplements. In fact, pollen extract has been used successfully in Europe for over 35 years for prostatitis health and more modern research has shown the benefits of quercetin and curcumin (turmeric) in managing prostate health in men with prostatitis.
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