Make peace with your prostate

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prostate cancerAs men age, they probably don’t understand what the point is to having a prostate. It was essential in the days that they were having babies, but they don’t need it for that anymore. And it’s not necessary for erections. So it might seem like all it does these days is cause problems. Here are some things you should know about this (annoying) gland and how you can learn to live with it in peace as you age.

What’s with all the trips to the bathroom?

For reasons still unclear, the prostate continues to grow bigger as a man grows older, and this can cause a noticeable change in urinary frequency. The issue is present in about half of all men by age 60 and in almost all men by age 80. The condition is called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

What is the treatment?

The urinary symptoms can be treated with prescription medications, specifically:

  • Alpha-blockers, which works by enlarging the urethral channel and relaxing its muscle fibers
  • 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors whichcan shrink the gland by 1/3 of its size and help reduce urination

A surgical procedure can help by removing excess prostatic tissue, often preformed with a laser.

Your prostate and cancer

Your chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you age. Prostate cancer only rarely causes symptoms, but in most cases, they’re still caught early enough for cure rates to be quite high. Prostate cancer is much more slow-growing than other cancers, and you’re actually nearly 10 times more likely to die of heart disease.

There are things you can do to help prevent it:

  • Eat less animal fat
  • Eat less simple carbohydrates
  • Eat more fruits and vegetable
  • Eat more fish
  • Drink green tea
  • Limit sugar
  • Exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce stress

5-alpha-reductase inhibitors have also been shown to reduce the occurrence of low-grade prostate cancer by 25%.

Don’t ignore your prostate

Get treatment as soon as you experience urinary symptoms, and get screened for prostate cancer between the ages of 55 to 70. Call for your appointment today: 972-403-5425.

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