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Prostate Health For Men

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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Prostatitis is the most common reason for men under the age of 50 to seke the advice of a urologist. Developing a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing prostate health issues while combating inflammatory process that affects the prostate. The prostate is one of the male reproductive glands and is an aspect of the endocrine system. It surrounds a part of the urethra and sits below the bladder directly above the muscles of the pelvic floor.


The prostate produces fluid that makes up semen and then is combined with sperm cells from the testicles as well as fluids from other glands. The semen include those from the seminal vesicle and bulbourethral gland. These fluids combine in the urethra and allow for the proper function of the sperm cells. The muscles surrounding the prostate ensure that the semen is forced passed the urethra and expelled outward for ejaculation. The prostate also assists in hormone metabolism. Testerone is transformed within the prostate into a biologically active form called DHT DHT is a hormone that plays a role in puberty which helps men develop adult male characteristics.


Prostate cancer is when malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the prostate. Often there are no symptoms, and prostate cancer is detected on surveillance DRE and PSA test. If a man has symptoms, typically, it is as a result of advanced disease process within the body. The risk of development increases with age, as with family history, and lifestyle factors.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is better knowns as an enlarged prostate. Once the prostate becomes large, it compresses on the urethra, making it difficult to urinate, which can then put the greater risk for development of bladder infections. BPH is caused by hormonal changes, zinc deficiencies, deteriorating blood vessels, as well as in deficiencies.


Prostatitis is inflammation or infection of the prostate, which can have symptoms of swelling as well as pain. Urinating problems, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, and depression are also common symptoms.

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Prostate health includes maintaining a healthy diet, as well as lifestyle changes. Eating many omega 3 rich foods, like wild caught fish, helps lower inflammation within the prostate. Avoiding large amounts of alcohol, smoking, meat as well as dairy foods has also been shown to help support the overall health of the prostate. Higher consumption of dairy products, as well as the meat, has been linked to the development of a greater risk of prostate cancer. Physical activity has also been able to reduce the general risk of prostate cancer. Modulation of hormones, increased immune function, as well as reduction of oxidative stress is all benefits of regular exercise.


It is important to have a multifaceted prostate cancer treatment. Working with an oncologist to recommend treatment of cancerous prostate cells is critical. Many treatments are available such as proton therapy and chemotherapy pills, which have a genetic component to them has been shown to have positive results. Working with a holistic practitioner to be able to assess underlying risk factors and causatives of development of cancer is equally as important. Making sure that you create a healthy environment that will not allow cancer cells to thrive is critical in the healing process of the body. Cancer cells cannot thrive in a healthy, so it is critical to maintaining your health by working to create a healthy lifestyle with diet, exercise, etc.


An integrative healthcare approach, meaning working with both the oncologist as well as the holistic provider is helpful to be able to understand potential interactions, weighing out treatment options, and working to develop a greater understanding of your health condition is key to making sound healthcare decisions.


*All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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