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Prostrate Health: What problems develop in the prostate and how to prevent them

Updated on August 7, 2012

Enlarged Prostate: Why do men develop prostate problems?

The prostate is truly a unique organ when we consider its troublemaking potential. There probably is no other organ in the human body, and certainly no other secondary sex organ, that develops cancer or enlarges with aging like the prostate glands. Despite the medical science best efforts to understand the prostate's function, questions and conundrums abound.

What problems develop in the prostate?

Prostate Infections. Starting from man's puberty, the prostate gland is highly susceptible to various forms of acute or chronic prostatitis, an infection or inflammation that forces many men to seek relief in the doctor's office. Experts estimate that about half of all men suffer from porstatitis at one time or another. Although it's not dangerous, it surely can make any man miserable. In the most severe cases, symptoms include pain, urinary problems, abdominal pains and other.

Prostate Enlargement, or Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is another wide-spread ailment and source of misery. For reasons the medical science doesn't comprehend yet, the gland, which reaches full size at puberty, often goes through a second growth spurt in middle age that causes a number of urinary problems. Symptoms may include a slow urinary stream with hesitancy in starting, frequent urge to urinate, often uncontrollable - there is that feeling that you need to empty your bladder immediately, and the need to get up at night to urinate (nocturia). In some cases, the obstruction of the urinary tract becomes so severe that a man is unable to urinate at all - this is referred to as acute urinary retention - requiring emergency catheterization or even surgery.

Prostate Cancer. Besides benign enlargement, the prostate gland is also highly susceptible to developing malignant growths (tumor or cancer) as men grow older. It is often said, that if you are a man and live long enough, you're likely to develop some cancerous cells in your prostate. Read more about prostate cancer symptoms.

How to keep your prostate healthy?

So, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent these problems. And the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

  • Diet. The most important thing is to follow a healthy diet. The truth is the best diet for healthy prostate is the same diet that is best for everything else - maintaining overall health. The great majority of what we eat - at least 70% or 80% of calories consumed, or even more - should come from unrefined plant food - mostly fresh raw (or only lightly cooked) vegetables, lots of greens (try drinking green smoothies), and fruits. Other foods that are health promoting are legumes, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds and mushrooms.

    If you just follow this one recommendation, you'd be surprised how many of your chronic problems will disappear - it sure helped me get rid of allergies and skin problems. The good news is this type of eating will also best way to lose weight fast.
  • Exercise. The importance of physical activity to maintain an overall health cannot be overstated.
  • Clothing. And last, but not least, only wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes to allow for good blood circulation.

If you notice any unusual symptoms that worry you, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or see a urology specialist in your area. If you are in New York or New Jersey area, you may call urologist in NJ for consultation. Do not wait until it is too late.


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    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Leni Sands 7 years ago from UK

      Informatively useful hub.