Poor Prostate Health

Poor Prostate Health: Overview

Prostate problems can occur at any time in life, but the most common, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) primarily affects men over 50 years of age.

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The prostate is a little walnut-sized gland that surrounds a man's urethra and lies below the bladder.

Incidence; Causes and Development

By age 50, 30% of men have it.  By 60 years, 50% get it.  By the time they reach 70, over 80% of men have BPH.  According to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, one in six American men is at risk for poor prostate health during his lifetime.

Prostate health problems stem from genetic, hormonal and dietary factors.  The increase in trans-fat consumption over the past decades is correlated with an increase in prostate disorders.  In addition, you may have heard that men who eat red meat have the greatest risk for prostate cancer and poor prostate health.  That's just part of the story, since what's missing is recognition of the role the essential fatty acids play in balancing and regulating saturated fats.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms to look for are:

  • Lumps in the prostate or testicles
  • Thickening or excess fluid in the scrotum
  • Painful, weak, or interrupted urination
  • Persistent low back and leg pain

Treatment and Prevention

Choosing specific prostate nutrition over aggressive treatments might be the best to ensure prostate health.

Essential fatty acids are critical to prostate health.  By increasing the right fats – from nuts, seeds and oils – you can decrease your chances of prostate cancer.  The best initial medicine may be the essential fats, and avoidance of the non-essential, harmful fats from margarine, vegetable shortenings, fried foods and processed vegetable oils.

Prostate problems that are caused by poor diet can be turned around by making simple dietary changes and establishing hormonal balance leading to prostate health.  Suggested lifestyle changes include:

  • DIET: According to the Harvard School of Public Health, maintaining a healthy diet without a lot of protein and fat, especially from junk food, has been shown to increase the quality of living for men prone to prostate problems.  Doctors emphasize that fruits, vegetables – including lycopene-rich tomatoes – and whole grains are known to promote prostate health.
  • EXERCISE: According to UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, scientists found that getting regular exercise (moderately intense activity lasting 30 minutes at least four days a week) is measurably helpful to maintaining a healthy prostate.
  • SUPPLEMENTS: Dietary supplements that contain lycopene, standardized saw palmetto extract, selenium, vitamin D, zinc and copper aid in the maintenance of the gland.
  • VISIT THE DOCTOR: According to the American Cancer Society, men should have annual prostate screenings that include prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests starting at the age of 50.  The annual check-ups should begin at age 40 for African-American men and those with a family history of poor prostate health.

Complications

It's estimated that 20% of BPH cases develop into cancer.

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