A Simple Guide to Prostate Care

The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive system. The name comes from Greek and means “protector” – the name should hint to its vital importance. Since this organ has such an important role, prostate care should be part of every man’s health regime.

The compound tubuloalveolar exocrine organ is located in the lower abdomen, immediately below the bladder. It rests just behind the pubic bone. Most importantly, the prostate hugs the male urethra. One of the main functions of the prostate is to regulate the flow of urine. Another essential purpose of the prostate is to secrete alkaline fluids into the semen and neutralize its acidity. When it’s healthy, a prostate should resemble a doughnut or ski tube and should be roughly the size of a walnut. Its small size is deceiving, though, with regards to the importance of prostate care.

Jasmine Supplement_A Simple Guide to Prostate CareBenign prostate hyperplasia

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem for men. It is the unwanted enlargement of the prostate gland which can cause a variety of problems including burning or difficult urination.

Signs that you may be experiencing BPH or related problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Having to work or “push” during urination.
  • Heightened production of urine, particularly at night.
  • Unintentional or unwanted intermittent, or start-and-stop, urination.
  • Inability to fully empty the bladder during urination.

As part of your prostate care routine, you should consult your urologist as soon as possible if you are experiencing these or similar symptoms. Delaying consultation may lead to worsening prostate issues or leave a major complication undiscovered.

Similarly, left untreated, BPH may cause a slew of other, more serious issues such as bladder and kidney infections. An enlarged prostate may lead to excess build-up of urine in the body.

Prostate cancer and Early Detection

Prostate cancer is one of the biggest risks for men. While the symptoms of both prostate cancer and benign prostate hyperplasia are quite similar, especially in the early stages of the former, the two have very different consequences.

All forms of cancer should be taken seriously. Prostate cancer has a higher than average likelihood of metastasizing, or spreading, to other parts of the body and entering the blood stream. Once this happens, the cancer becomes much more dangerous. Fortunately, frequent visits to your doctor and mindful awareness of your body can help catch the cancer earlier.

Prostate cancer is expected to affect one out of six, or seventeen percent, of all men. As the symptoms of prostate cancer are very easy to notice, early detection is very common. Part of prostate care includes checking the prostate for abnormalities and is recommended for all men. Your physician can quickly and easily examine you to be sure that everything is as it should be. In the case that you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the outlook is good. With early detection, over 99% of men will survive.

Prostate Care Requires a Proactive Approach

In caring for your prostate (and your body as a whole) it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Be sure to have an annual visit with your physician and speak with him or her regarding any unusual changes to your body, especially with consideration to the symptoms of BPH. Being proactive in defense of your body is the key to a long and healthy life.

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