Prostate health tips and care
Undoubtedly, one of the man's most valuable treasures is his prostate. This rough diamond, between the bladder and the urethra and remains strong for years, has two great enemies: cancer and time. From the age of 50, this walnut-sized gland begins to deteriorate and enlarge.
Contrary to women's sexual health, it seems that the prostate issue is more a joke. It's more common in women who get routine gynecological checkups than in men, and he only visits the doctor when there are obvious and serious symptoms.
However, it's important to keep in mind that the prostate, responsible for producing the seminal fluid that helps sperm move through the urethra, can suffer from three common conditions: benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, and prostate cancer. The last one is the third leading cause of death among men, after lung and colon cancer.
Alterations in the prostate
- Benign hyperplasia is an enlargement of the prostate, from the size of a walnut to a lemon. This enlargement causes problems with the urethra, squeezing it and making it difficult to empty the bladder when urinating.
- Prostatitis is an inflammation of the gland. Although it's often associated with a sexually transmitted disease, it's also caused by a urine infection or a condition with unknown origin. The symptoms are similar to those of hyperplasia but with the difference of suffering general malaise, fever, discomfort in the genital area, pain when urinating, etc.
- Prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease with similar symptoms to those of hyperplasia. As the prostate isn't seen by the naked eye, it's better to have regular checkups to rule out any type of disease.
Having said that, prostate health isn't a joke and must be pampered. Therefore, we're going to give you some bits of advice so that this jewel in the crown continues to shine even as the years go by.
- A balanced diet is vital to avoid the appearance of any type of disease. In the case of the prostate, it's important to reduce the consumption of spicy, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, saturated fats, and citrus juices.
- Exercise must be a part of our daily life. However, for bike route lovers, specialists recommend that at a certain age, it's better to reduce its practice, as it favors the appearance of this type of prostate alterations.
- Sudden changes in temperature or cold water baths are great enemies of this gland.
- Periodic checkups, starting between 40 and 50, are recommended to detect any type of anomaly in advance.
- Although not scientifically proven, taking supplements like vitamin C, B6, D, E; green tea; red clover; zinc, garlic powder, etc., help reduce or delay the disorders that the prostate may suffer.
- Healthy sex life is undoubtedly one of the best natural remedies for a cared prostate.