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Prostate Health: BPH and What You Should Know

Posted Mar 14 2010 3:15pm

When men age their prostate gland can become enlarged. This condition is called by doctors BPH (benign prostatic hyperpiasia). An enlarged prostate can  negatively effect lifestyle and even have life threatening complications.

Knowledge is your best weapon for good prostate health and avoiding prostate cancer. Dietary supplements, lifestyle, and eating habits have been shown to decrease serious prostate problems. Elimination of prostate cancer cannot come from these methods, but they can sure improve your odds.

Most men don’t understand or take into account prostate health. In fact, many men flat out refuse to acknowledge they might be having a problem’s with the plumbing.  This is exactly the wrong approach to take as it can lead to serious problems such as prostate cancer. Taking a risk like that is not worth it, so make sure to have regular exams.

So How does the prostate work?

The prostate gland has two main functions:  one it helps with urination and two it aids in sexual activity.

The prostate helps control the rate at which urine flows out of the bladder and into the urethra. It accomplishes this through muscle fibers in the prostate. This is function is referred to as a passive role in urination, but an important one.

The prostate second function is in male sexual activity. The prostate produces a thin, milky, alkaline fluid that is secreted into the urethra at the time of emission of semen, providing an added medium for the life and motility of sperm. This is key to fertility because the fluid produced in the testes tends to be acidic and does not promote sperm mobility.

How Do I Know If I Have an Enlarged Prostate?

An enlargement of the prostate gland puts pressure on your urethra. This results in problems when you urinate.(Increasing in a need to urinate more frequently and leaving you with a strange feeling that you haven’t urinated or emptied your bladder at all.)

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include frequent urination, weak stream, leaking and dribbling, and problems with urination. This is often called nocturia. Men who have symptoms of prostate obstruction are much more likely to develop chronic kidney disease.  If you have any of these symptoms its time to make a appointment with a doctor.

Is There Anything I Can Do?

Well, there are many treatments available for an enlarged prostate. Commercials for pharmaceutical prostate drugs have been flooding the television for the past couple of years and are widely available through prescriptions. These drugs can be very  effective but they also come with a host of side effects.  Natural therapies are also very common and have been around for a long time. Most doctors  prefer to prescribe these treatments over prescription drugs.  These natural treatments tend to have far less side effects, and preform just as well as the pharmaceutical drugs.

The most rarely used method in prostate health is common sense. Simple lifestyle changes can help in both prevention, and treatment of prostate problems. Among these changes are limiting or ending  alcohol and caffeine consumption, especially in the evening,  going to the bathroom when you have to (yeah don’t hold it not good for you), and a healthy diet.

So take prostate health serious and stay healthy.

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