GENERAL PROSTATE WELLNESS
We live in a world where prostate issues are real and can be extremely serious. To make matters worse we are bombarded daily with studies that contradict each other, especially when it comes to the prostate.
Studies have shown that 1 in 3 men will encounter issues with their prostate during their lifetime, whether it be symptoms of an enlarged prostate or something associated with the prostate.
According to the National Cancer Registry 1 in 18 men will suffer from prostate cancer in their lifetime.
It’s scary, we know!
Instead however we recommend that men should take a pro-active approach to prostate wellness. How do I do that you ask?
Here are some simple, natural and healthy ways to promote overall prostate wellness:
Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
Although relatively few studies have looked at the impact of exercise specifically on prostate health, the ones that have suggest that regular physical activity can be good for this walnut-sized gland.
BPH prevention. In the on-going Harvard-based Health Professionals Follow-up Study, men who were more physically active were less likely to suffer from BPH. Even low- to moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking regularly at a moderate pace, yielded benefits.
Prostatitis treatment. Italian researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial (considered the gold standard of medical research) in men with chronic prostatitis. Those in the aerobic exercise group walked briskly three times a week. A comparison group did non-aerobic exercise (leg lifts, sit ups, and stretching) three times a week. At the end of 18 weeks, men in both groups felt better, but those doing aerobic exercises reported less prostatitis pain, less anxiety and depression, and better quality of life.
Prostate cancer progression. In a study of more than 1,400 men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, men who walked briskly (not leisurely) for at least three hours a week were 57% less likely to have their cancer progress than those who walked less often and less vigorously. In an analysis from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer who engaged in vigorous activity at least three hours each week had a 61% lower chance of dying from the illness, compared to men who engaged in vigorous activity less than one hour a week.
Extract from a publication published by the Harvard Medical School:
Eat more fruits and vegetables which contain lycopene!
Tomatoes, watermelons, pink grapefruits, guava and papaya contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale also are good choices.
This phytonutrient and carotenoid has been found to help prevent and fight prostate cancer. In one long-term study of about 14,000 participants, investigators found that men who ate five or more servings of tomatoes or tomato products each week had a significantly lower risk of developing prostate cancer than men who consumed less than one serving per week. A report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals that men who consumed lots of tomatoes and tomato products had a 35 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer and a 53% lower risk of getting an aggressive form of the disease.
Lycopene may also help prevent BPH from worsening. German researchers studied 40 elderly men with BPH who were assigned to take either 15 mg lycopene or placebo daily for six months. Among the men who took lycopene, the prostate did not grow, while it grew larger in the placebo group.
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Let your doctor know if you have a family history of prostate cancer.
Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing this disease.
Include more soy in your diet.
Just make sure that it is fermented soy!
An important fact to note about the soy Asians eat is that some of it is fermented soy, which is the only type of soy that provides health benefits. In fact, the ancient Chinese did not consider soybeans as food until they discovered fermentation. Unlike fermentation, regular cooking of soybeans does not destroy enzyme inhibitors, which can produce serious gastrointestinal distress, reduce the ability to digest protein, and lead to chronic deficiencies in the uptake of amino acids.
Fermented soy foods are the result of the activity of bacteria on soybeans. Fermented soy has several important benefits. For example, fermentation stops the effect of a substance called phytic acid, which causes the elimination of vital nutrients from the body. Phytic acid also blocks the utilization of essential minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Therefore, you risk a deficiency of important nutrients and minerals when you consume unfermented soy products.
In a study conducted by the Department of Urology, SSK Diskapi Hospital, in Turkey they investigated the association between cigarette smoking and sex hormone concentrations in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP).
The study was done on 68 men with BHP with an average age of 59 by assessing changes in serum levels of oestradiol, testosterone, dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dihydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEA-S). Possible enzymatic mechanisms in the prostate gland that might be affected by cigarette smoking were assessed.
The mean prostate volume was greater in non-smokers than smokers. Current cigarette smokers had significantly higher mean serum oestradiol levels than did the non-smokers (33.8 and 26.7 pg/mL, respectively, P < 0.01). Cigarette smoking was inversely but not significantly related to testosterone level. These differences persisted after adjusting for body mass index.
These results indicate that cigarette smoking may affect the size of the enlarging prostate, but through indirect effects of smoking on factors provoking the development of BPH.
Get a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam annually, beginning at age 40.
When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98%. Find it late, and those survival rates drop below 26% so be sure to go for regular screenings!
Consume foods rich in Beta-Sitosterol
Beta-Sitosterol is highly effective in treating an enlarged prostate as well as lowering cholesterol. Beta-Sitosterol is phytosterol or plant alcohol which can be found in literally each and every vegetable that we consume. We consume it every day but not in sufficient quantities.
BETA SITOSTEROL AND THE PROSTATE
Below is a summary of some of the double blind studies which have been conducted with men on the effects of Beta Sitosterol on benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH)…all of which indicate that Beta Sitosterol is highly effective in the treatment of BPH:
In the Lancet, volume 345 (1995) Dr Berges & associates from the University of Bochum, Germany, used pure Beta Sitosterol on 200 men, half of whom received a placebo over the course of a year. They remarked Significant improvement in urinary flow parameters show the effectiveness of Beta Sitosterol in the treatment of BPH. This is one of the most important and thorough studies on the prostate ever published.
In the journal Urolage A, vol 24 (1985) at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Dr Vontobel and colleagues studied a string extract of nettles containing a high concentration of Beta Sitosterol in a double blind study of 50 men for 9 weeks. They remarked that the use of Beta Sitosterol from nettles, The evaluation of the objective parameters showed significant differences.
These are a few of the many medical journal publications of studies taking place in some of the most important urological clinics around the world. These studies all indicate that Beta Sitosterol is highly effective in reducing enlarged prostates in BPH patients as well as significantly decreasing their BPH symptoms.
Additional Tips to Help with Enlarging Prostate Symptoms
Do not suppress or ignore the urge to urinate
Retrain and develop your urinary habits – go to the bathroom on a regular basis, not just in a response to the urge to void.
Allow time to completely empty the bladder. Sometimes sitting helps.
Restrict fluid intake after dinner to increase muscle tone to prevent leakage. They’re referred to as the Kegel exercises, in which you start and stop your urination voluntarily.
Remember you’ve got to start taking care of your prostate health because there may be other complications from an enlarged prostate. Those complications include urinary tract infections which must be treated with antibiotics, bladder stones which occur because the urine pools in the bladder; bleeding in the urine, which occurs as a consequence of the prostate stretching, and occasionally breaking the blood vessels; bladder dysfunction because the bladder wall thickens reducing bladder capacity and the force of contraction, and ultimately, in some patients, complete urinary obstruction or urinary retention that requires catheter to allow elimination of urine.
IMPORTANT: See your doctor for regular check-ups beginning at the age of 40 if you are at high risk or at the age of 50 for all men. Consult your physician at the first sign of annoying or disabling changes in your prostate health.
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