Prostate Health

The list of the threats to men's health is surprisingly short. While the list includes heart disease, unintentional injury and heart disease, majority of their health problems are associated with their prostate. In fact, prostate is the number one source of problems with the male genitourinary system. Although many of such diseases are preventable, seems like prostate problems is the most difficult to manage.

In truth, most men are not aware of the role of the prostate to their health. The irony is that over 30,000 men die of prostate problems every year. Also, about 230,000 people are diagnosed of prostate problems annually. The sneaky part is that these diseases take a long while to develop. By the time they become a full-blown health threat, the patient is already in his 50s or 60s. This sometimes makes it too late for treatment.

What is it? The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland that is situated between the bladder and the rectum, surrounding the urethra. It is mainly responsible in producing seminal fluid, which is a milky substance that nurtures the sperm. Technically, it is part of the male reproductive system. During adolescence years, this gland grows fast and does not change much by the age of 40. At this point, once the gland grows again, it sometimes never stops. Though half of the men who have growing prostate glands are not even bothered, this men's health occurrence may already be a symptom of one or a combination of prostate diseases.

Problem Indicators: Men can actually live without their prostate. Removing it would not even affect their fertility. This explains why the medical studies on prostate are solely focused on determining what’s wrong with it. Urine and urine flow is one reliable indicator of prostate problem. Once your once proud stream dwindles into a feeble trickle, submit yourself to an immediate examination. Frequent urination, erection problems and painful testicles are common symptoms of prostate problems.

Common Prostate Problems: The three common problems include prostate enlargement, inflammation and cancer. Over 50% of the male population is currently diagnosed with prostate problems, which affects their normal functions as well as sexual life. Prostate enlargement is a non-cancerous but very painful tumor growth among men. Prostatitis or inflammation of the gland is a very common form of urinary tract infection in men. Next to lung cancer, prostate cancer is the second most lethal form of cancer in men.

Prostate Massage: One major reason for prostate problems is caused by prostate congestion (poor blood flow). This can be due to constant sitting, poor diet, and even infrequent sexual intercourse. Too much sex can also be problematic. Moderation in this area is important.

Prostate massage can be extremely effective in relieving prostate issues. It helps to clean and nourish the prostate by greatly increasing the flow of blood into the prostate gland. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors have used prostate massage for years to relieve the symptoms of prostatitis. There are several techniques, some very simple and easy, for prostate massage, including internal and external massage. No matter what method a man uses, it's important to do the massage correctly to avoid injury or damage to the prostate.

Diet and Prostate: Fortunately, men can probably eat their way to a healthy prostate. Eating the right kind of food can reduce their risks of developing prostate problems later on in their lives. Loading up to six portions of brightly colored fruits, vegetables and whole grains is the best bet in ensuring a healthy prostate. There is plenty of evidence that can support this statement. Lycopene-rich foods such as fresh tomatoes are known to radically reduce the risk of cancer. Taking foods that are rich in Vitamin D and essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 is also very beneficial. Selenium, vitamin E and Zinc, even when taken in food supplement form, can prevent the onset of prostate problem symptoms and lower the rate of cancer.

Since there is a clear link between obesity and cancer, it is also important to avoid reduced fat intake by replacing saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats are usually found in red meat, margarines, junk foods and processed food products. Also, to prevent aggravating the symptoms of prostate problems, you need to try incorporating plenty of healthy fluids, such as green tea and fruit berry juices, to help maintain health and well-being.

Vigilance: The frightening statistics on prostate health must convince you to become more vigilant about taking care of this most commonly neglected gland in your body. Once you experience painful urination, urination problems, problems with sexual functions or visible enlargement of the prostate glands, set an appointment with your health care provider.

Be wary of the tell-tale signs of prostate problems to optimize your prostate health.

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