prostate is a small gland (about the size of a walnut) that is
part of the male reproductive system. It sits low in the pelvis,
and surrounds the part of the neck of the urethra. The function
of the prostate is to help make semen. Problems with the
prostate can cause urinary difficulties and impotence in men.
These problems include an enlarged prostate, bacterial prostate
infections, prostate cancer and a condition called benign
prostatic hyperplasia. Some of these prostate problems are
serious and life threatening, while others can affect your daily
life to the point of obsession. Because the prostate is so
involved in sexual functioning, prostate problems can affect
your personal life, your emotional health and your self esteem.
In addition, because of its position in the body Ė around the
neck of the urethra Ė inflammation and enlargement of the
prostate can cause problems with urinating. The partial
incontinence that accompanies some prostate problems can be
embarrassing for some men, and take a serious toll on their
ability to enjoy life.
Are The Most Common Prostate Problems?
Acute bacterial prostatitis
- an inflammation of the prostate caused by a bacterial
Chronic bacterial prostatitis -
repeated bouts of acute bacterial prostates. It is most
often caused by a defect in the prostate that allows
bacteria to gather and cause repeated infections.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain
is the most common form of prostatis. Like bacterial
prostatitis, the symptoms come and go, and while there is no
evidence of bacteria found in the urine or semen, prostatic
fluids do contain cells that the body produces to fight
Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
causes no pain or inflammation, and is often only discovered
when a doctor is doing tests for other conditions.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
As men grow older,
the prostate gradually enlarges. Because the prostate gland
surrounds the urethra, this enlargement can eventually cause
problems with urination, or pain. This is the most common
prostate problem among men over fifty.
According to the
National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the second most
common cancer diagnosed in men of all ages. Prostate cancer is
seldom fatal, with a 93% 10 year survival rate overall. Because
prostate cancer often causes no symptoms for years, it may be in
the advanced stages before it is detected. A doctor can often
detect prostate cancer and other non-symptomatic conditions with
a simple examination. Itís recommended that men over fifty have
regular exams to check for prostate enlargement.
Symptoms of Prostate Conditions:
Frequent urination, especially having to get up several times
during the night
Inability to urinate
Trouble starting or stopping urination
flow of urine
Dribbling after having finished urinating
of these symptoms are accompanied by fever, lower back pain or
pain in the thighs and hips, see a doctor immediately for
treatment. If you are unable to urinate at all, the same
applies. Both of those are extreme conditions that need
Causes Prostatitis and Other Prostate Conditions?
While doctors can tell you that most of the symptoms of
prostatitis and other prostate conditions are caused by the
enlargement of the prostate, there are still a lot of gray areas
regarding exactly what causes the enlargement and/or
inflammation of the prostate. Among the causes that have been
implicated in prostatitis are:
Bacterial infection accounts for the largest number of acute
immune disorder Ė many doctors believe that chronic
prostatitis may be an auto-immune response similar to
diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Physical injury, neurological problems and stress
important to note that prostatitis (enlarged or inflamed
prostate gland) seems to be a symptom of an underlying problem.
Even more importantly, because prostatitis is itself a symptom,
it is possible to reduce or prevent prostatitis by attacking the
root causes of the problem.
Treatments for Prostate Conditions:
traditional medical community offers a number of treatments for
prostatitis and other prostate disorders, including:
Antibiotics to treat acute prostatitis
Prostate massage to fully empty the prostate
Surgery, up to and including prostatectomy
Herbal and nutritional supplements
past ten years, there has been considerable interest in the
medical community in a number of natural and herbal treatments
that seem to reduce the incidence of prostatitis and decrease
the symptoms. The most promising of these are:
has been widely used in Europe for decades to treat BPH
(benign protostatic hyperplasia). Its active ingredient,
beta-sitosterol is an aggressive anti-inflammatory which
may prevent the buildup of cholesterol in the prostate, and
thus prevent the enlargement and painful symptoms of
a carotenoid found in tomatoes and other red and pink fruits
and vegetables, is a potent antioxidant used in the
treatment of prostate cancer. There are multiple studies
that confirm its effectiveness in reducing the risk of
prostate cancer, and there is evidence that Lycopene works
directly in the prostate regulating tumor suppressing genes.
a flavonoid found in apples, onions, red wine and green
leafy vegetables seems to inhibit the androgen receptor in
prostate cancer cell lines. In laymenís language, according
to a Mayo Clinic study, treatment with quercetin may be
effective in treating prostate cancer.
Phytonutrients and isoflavones
found in various plants, along with several trace minerals
have all shown early promise in treating the inflammation
that causes pain and urinary problems in those with
so many other conditions that affect our health these days,
proper nutrition seems to promise prevention and treatment of
prostate conditions. A daily health supplement that contains
beta-sitosterol, Lycopene and other phytonutrients that have
proven beneficial in treating prostatitis and prostate cancer
can help prevent prostatitis and lessen the severity of the
Unfortunately, the lack of oversight of herbal supplements may
make it difficult to choose a quality supplement for your
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