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Prostate Health

Prostate health is a vital component of men’s health care. The prostate, a walnut sized organ under the bladder and in front of the rectum is of primary importance to reproductive and urogenital health. The prostate gland starts out small and doubles in size during the teenage years. It begins growing again in early adulthood, (around age 25), and continues growing throughout a man’s life. Unfortunately, most men will experience some kind of prostate problem during their lifetime. These problems are generally associated with three conditions:

  • prostatitis an infection or inflammation of the prostate gland.
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) age-related enlargement of the prostate.
  • Prostate cancer.

Symptoms of Prostate Health Problems

Some prostate problems declare themselves with the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination.
  • Not being able to completely empty bladder.
  • dribbling urine.
  • waking multiple times at night to urinate.

High Risk Patients

Some men are at a higher risk of developing prostate problems, they should consider starting screening at age 40, while men with a normal risk profile should start between the ages of 45 -55. Men with a higher risk include:

  • African Americans.
  • Men with a first of second degree relative with the following cancers; prostate, male breast, female breast under the age of 45, endometrial before age 50, colon, pancreatic.
  • Men exposed to Agent Orange.
  • Men with a familial cancer syndrome or a genetic risk for cancer such as a BRCA2 gene mutation. 

Prostate Health Tips

Prostate problems are worrisome and uncomfortable. All men should take control of their health and follow these tips to reduce your risk of prostate problems in your futute.

  • Skip Vitamin E Supplementation. Subjects in a national trial taking a daily dose of 400 IU/day for 5 years had a 17% increase in prostate cancer diagnoses. There are supplements that support prostate health. These include calcium, lycopene, vitamin D, and Saw palmetto. However supplemental vitamin E should be avoided.
  • Eat a mediterranean diet. Rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, this diet also includes whole grains, healthy fats, seafood, low amounts of dairy and red meat.
  • Skip the barbeque. A link exists between PhIP, a chemical compound released when meat is charred, and an increased risk of cancer.
  • Get screened.
  • Exercise.
  • Increase water intake, hydration can also include hibiscus and green tea, which both contain prostate supporting antioxidants. Watermelon and tomato juice are also great choices due to the lycopene they contain.

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Author Info

Arthur Cushing