- Prostate Problems
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Symptoms of Prostatitis
- Causes of Prostatitis
- Treatment of Prostatitis
- Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Best Foods for Prostate Health
The Prostate is part of a man’s sex organs. It is a gland about the size of a walnut that surrounds the urethra. The Urethra is the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body. The Prostate adds fluid to the semen when you ejaculate. For Men under age 50, the most common Prostate Problem is Prostatitis, meaning the Prostate is inflamed. For men over age 50, the most common Prostate Problem is Prostate Enlargement. This condition is also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
Symptoms of Prostatitis
Prostatitis can cause painful, burning, or frequent urination. You may have a fever or pain in your lower back or genital area.
Causes of Prostatitis
Prostatitis is sometimes caused by bacteria. But usually no bacteria are present and doctors will look for other possible causes of urinary symptoms, such as a kidney stone or cancer. If no other causes are found, your doctor may decide you have nonbacterial prostatitis.
Treatment of Prostatitis
In Bacterial Prostatitis, Antibiotic is given to fight the infection. If you keep getting infections, you may have a defect in your prostate that allows bacteria to grow. This defect can usually be corrected with surgery. Antibiotics will not help nonbacterial prostatitis. Instead, your doctor may give you a medicine to relax the muscle tissue in the prostate. Changing your diet or taking warm baths may help too.
Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Some symptoms of BPH include
- A frequent and urgent need to urinate
- Trouble starting a urine stream
- A weak stream of urine
- The feeling you still have to urinate, even when you have just finished
- Small amounts of blood in your urine
Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
As men get older, their prostate keeps growing. As it grows it squeezes the urethra. Since urine travels from the bladder through the urethra, the pressure from the enlarged prostate may affect bladder control.
Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
You’ll have to work with your doctor to find the best treatment for you. Some options are
- Living with your symptoms, if they don’t bother you too much, and regular checkups to make sure your condition isn’t getting worse
- Medicines to shrink or relax the prostate
- A nonsurgical procedure to remove parts of the prostate
- Surgery to remove part of the prostate
Frequent or painful urination, especially with blood in the urine, could be signs of Bladder Cancer. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor right away.
Best Foods for Prostate Health
- Vegetables from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) contain isothiocyanates, which are phytochemicals that appear to be protective.
- Omega-3 fats seem to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, Use Fish and vegetable oils high in Omega-3 Fats
- Margarine, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, wheat germ and whole grains are a good sources. Vitamin E is recognized to reduce prostate inflammation
- Whole grains present fibre, selenium, vitamin E and phytochemicals, all of which play a role in the prevention of cancer.
- Foods such as tomatoes, tomato products, red grapefruits and watermelons appear to reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer. Tomato-based pasta sauces and soups may be especially beneficial. Lycopene is fat soluble so is better absorbed when eaten with a little fat.
- Antioxidant is found in nuts especially Brazil nuts, seafood, fish, wheat bran, wheat germ, oats and brown rice.
- Selenium is another mineral that may offer protection.
- Soy products can help prevent prostate enlargement and may slow tumour growth.
- Red meat is high in saturated animal fats and has been linked to an increased incidence of prostate problems. Avoid Red Meat.
- Obesity has also been linked to prostate troubles and cutting back on red meat can help you lose weight.
- Drink plenty of fluids to flush the bladder. Caffeine, beer and spices should be reduced to a minimum.