Prostate Enlargement and Prevention: What All Men Should Know About BPH
Prostate Enlargement or Enlargement of the prostate gland occurs in about half the male population over 50. Roughly 50 percent of men over the age of 50 have an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) as it is also called. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases, by the age of 80, nearly 90 percent of men will live with BPH.
Unfortunately, benign Prostatic hyperplasia cannot be prevented in the life of a man; it is something that is bound to happen to all men once you get up to 25-the process set in.
This article is very important to any man you know above 25, because what I’m about to review to you, is the only sure ways to reduce the risk and maintain a healthy prostate gland.
What is Prostate Gland?
Prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system, a walnut-sized gland that weighs about 20grams, and is located between the bladder and the penis. That is below the bladder and in front the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine and semen exit the body. Its function is to secret the fluid (seminal fluid) which nourishes and protects the sperm. The fluid is stored in the seminal vesicle pending when ejaculation when will take place.
So, when you are having sexual intercourse, during ejaculation the fluid will travel down to the urethra and mixes with the sperm in the testicles to form the semen.
Causes and Prevention of BPH
Contrary to many opinions that the prostate gland begins to enlarge when a man reaches the age of 40, the fact, is that the prostate begins to grow immediately a man reaches the age of 25, and it is this natural growth that is called benign prostatic hyperplasia. But what happen is that you reach age of 40, for reason that may be hormonal as a result of aging process, the prostate gland increase much more in size from its actual size of 20grams to about 100grams.
As the prostate gets bigger, it start squeezing the urethra, then you will start noting some changes (symptoms) in the way you pee.
Common Prostate Enlargement Symptoms
1.) Dripping when you finish urinating: This happen when you finish peeing, and want to repackage your penis, you will notice urine still dropping on the floor. Most times, you have to ring your penis like a bell before it finish. But this was not happening when you were much younger.
2.) Hesitant, interrupted, or hard time starting urine stream: you may also notice that when you want to urinate, you have to wait longer before the urine start flowing which could be as a result of blockage of the urethra.
3.) Urgency, Leaking, and Incomplete Emptying: In this case, you have increase urge to continue urinating after peeing has been completed. You may also experience burning and frequent urination, especially at night.
Although, 50% to 60% of men with Prostate enlargement may never develop any symptoms, but others who do will tell you that it can make life miserable especially when these serious symptoms stated below are involves:
4.) You may start noticing blood in your pee.
5.) Fever, Chills and hurt when you want to pee
6.) Feeling of intense pain or discomfort in your lower belly.
7.) Lastly, you can’t pee again.
This is an involuntary release of urine as a result of chronic urinary retention. What happens is that, as the obstruction of urethra increases, the stored urine in your bladder increases to about 300cl against the bladder normal size of 40 – 60cl. As the urine stay longer in the bladder, it causes infection of the urinary systems which lead to wetting, involuntary release of urine or urinary incontinence.
A stage then reaches when you wake up one day, and notice that you can’t urinate. Unfortunately, this is when most men will remember hospital.
Treatment of BPH
If the condition is minor, a temporary relief will be offered. In this case, a catheter will be inserted into your bladder through the urethra, to allow the urine to drain out of your body through the catheter. Then appropriate medicine will follow.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia must be treated surgically in worst case scenario that is, if sufficient obstruction is present. In this case, prostate may be removed or only that part of it that surrounds the urethra.
Is there any way I can prevent BPH?
As I said earlier, prostate enlargement cannot be prevented. Research has shown that by the age of 80, 9 out of every 10 men will have it. But the good news is that, lifestyle changes and diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help any man the age of 40, to maintain a healthy prostate and reduce the risk of BPH.
How to Lower the Risk of BPH
There is a saying that says “make your food your drug”. There is no doubt that what we eat goes a long way in improving our health, so it is in the case of prostate enlargement. There are good numbers of food that can help you to reduce the risk or growth process of prostate.
Eating green vegetables is good; they contain antioxidants which help in lowering the risk of BPH.
Eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli is also good in reducing BPH risk.
Eating onions and garlic more often is also beneficial in lowering the risk. The help build your immune system against infection.
You should be eating Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Sesame seeds, Adzuki beans. They are very rich in Zinc. They help management of BPH. Zinc in general is an essential element for male sexuality and fertility.
Tomatoes are very important for all men for a healthy prostate; they are rich in lycopene which helps in lowering the risk and development of BPH and also prostate cancer development.
Lycopene can also be gotten from Papaya, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and apricots.
You should also be eating vegetables that contain Vitamin C. Bell peppers, Cauliflowers, Brussels sprout, Kale, and Broccoli has Vitamin C which helps in fighting BHP.
Avocados, Pumpkin seeds, Pecans, Soybeans, and Wheat germ are very rich in beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol which helps in reducing the symptoms associated with BPH.
Other things you have to adjust in your lifestyle to control the symptoms as clock 40 include:
- Do exercise such as Kegel to strengthen the pelvic muscles and blander sphincter.
- Reduce too much alcohol and caffeine consumption, they irritate the bladder and makes you pee more.
- Reduce the amount of fluid o liquid you drink in general before going to bed.
- Reduce sitting down at a place for too long, always stand up and walk around at intervals. Sitting down for too long add much weight to your pelvic bones and muscles.
- Avoid tight underwear like pant. Lose underwear or a boxer is preferable for all men above 40.
- Avoid staying cold, it raised your osmotic pressure and makes you feel more urgent to pee.
- Don’t forget regular sex is good for your prostate.
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