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Enlarged Prostate

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Most men between the ages of 40 and 45 experience a gradual increase in enlarged prostate. An increased urge to urinate and weak urinary flow effects of prostatic hyperplasia are common signs of an alteration in the male hormonal balance.

Close to 50% of men in their fifties and as many as 75% of men between the ages of 60 and 70 suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH causing a narrowing of the urethra and promoting bladder problems.The exact cause of prostate enlargement is not fully understood. Although the body normally turns ordinary testosterone into a very potent form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), it can cause an enlargement when there is too much DHT. Wrapping around the urethra, the tube that allows urine to exit the bladder, a swollen prostate gland acts like a clamp, sometimes resulting in problems with urination.

Symptoms of BPH include:

Getting up frequently at night to urinate.
More frequent urges to urinate.
Diminished, weakened stream.
Feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder.
Pain and burning sensation.
Left untreated, prostate problems can prevent the bladder from emptying itself completely. As the volume of residual urine increases, a humid environment creates the perfect conditions for the proliferation of bacteria.

This can cause urinary tract infections, with symptoms of pain and fever. The final stage of benign prostatic hyperplasia can cause acute urine retention which is extremely painful.

Natural Solution to BPH:
Saw palmetto, a very beneficial and well-studied herb, provides great therapy for the enlarged prostate. In fact, one study showed significant improvement in 45 days with only mild or no side effects.
Hydrangea root or horsetail are often used to reduce the inflammation of the prostate gland. Nettle root tincture or capsules are also helpful. In fact, scientific studies have proved its ability to diminish this enlarged gland. Amounts used in successful studies range from 6-12 mL of tincture per day in divided doses, or 120 mg capsules twice a day.
The mineral zinc may halt the processing of testosterone into DHT and thus may prevent or even reverse the condition. Pumpkin seeds from your garden are an excellent source of zinc, especially if you fertilize with kelp, and may contain other helpful substances as well. Eating 2 ounces of pumpkin seeds per day significantly boosts your zinc intake. Some people prefer to take zinc supplements for BPH. If you decide to supplement with zinc, use no more than 50 mg per day for three months and include a copper supplement of 2 mg per day. These two minerals compete for absorption zinc will win out and cause a copper deficiency if you’re not careful. Look for a zinc supplement that includes copper.
Keep in shape and maintain an active lifestyle by walking or doing some exercise to slow down the aging process, one of the main causes of BPH. Research suggests that pygeum (P. africanum) helps to reduce nocturnal symptoms, hesitancy, and urgency (30-40% reduction in symptoms). Lycopene, Vitamin D, pomegranate juice, and omega-3 fatty acids as supplements that have been shown to have a protective role in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Avoid bicycling, the sitting position compresses the prostate
Cold temperatures exacerbate the symptoms.
Make sure you keep the abdomen warm.
Do not drink too much before going to bed to prevent nighttime visits to the bathroom.
Don’t ignore the need to go to the bathroom.
Fully empty the bladder. Void your bladder every time you urinate.
Constipation can aggravate the prostate problems, so it is important to have good bowel health.
Stop smoking, if possible.
Pay attention to certain prescription drugs; diuretic, antispasmodic, tranquilizers and some anti-depressants worsen BPH
After age 45, do not neglect yearly medical exams.
Avoid drinking chilled beverages or iced cocktails. Cold drinks do more harm than good and can cause a sudden blockage of the urinary track, resulting in difficult and painful urination.
Reduce alcohol intake
Reduce caffeine intake; coffee substitute is a great alternative.
Drink plenty of water and lemon and empty bladder regularly.
Avoid substances that irritate the prostate gland: pepper, hot peppers, spices
Maintain a diet high in fiber, vitamins and minerals
Are best avoided: saturated fats, such as those in most processed foods, dairy products, red meats and hard fats. Replace by cold pressed vegetable oils.
A diet low in fat and red meat and high in protein and vegetables, as well as regular alcohol consumption, may reduce the risk of symptomatic BPH.
Vegetarian foods, raw fruit and vegetables, soy products and pulses including linseed are useful in bringing relief.

Fat Content and Cardiovascular Disease
Dairy productsincluding cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurtcontribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet.15 Diets high in fat and especially in saturated fat can increase the risk of heart disease and can cause other serious health problems.

A low-fat, plant-based diet that eliminates dairy products, in combination with exercise, smoking cessation, and stress management, can not only prevent heart disease, but may also reverse it.

Dairy and Cancer
Consumption of dairy products has also been linked to higher risk for various cancers, especially to cancers of the reproductive system. Most significantly, dairy product consumption has been linked to increased risk for prostate and breast cancers.

The danger of dairy product consumption as it relates to prostate and breast cancers is most likely related to increases in insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which is found in cows milk. Consumption of milk and dairy products on a regular basis has been shown to increase circulating levels of IGF-1. Perhaps the most convincing association between IGF-1 levels and cancer risk is seen in studies of prostate cancer. Case-control studies in diverse populations have shown a strong and consistent association between serum IGF-1 concentrations and prostate cancer risk. One study showed that men with the highest levels of IGF-1 had more than four times the risk of prostate cancer, compared with those who had the lowest levels.26 In the Physicians Health Study, tracking 21,660 participants for 28 years, researchers found an increased risk of prostate cancer for those who consumed ≥2.5 servings of dairy products per day as compared with those who consumed 0.5 servings a day. This study, which is supported by other findings, also shows that prostate cancer risk was elevated with increased consumption of low-fat milk, suggesting that too much dairy calcium, and not just the fat associated with dairy products, could be a potential threat to prostate health.

In addition to increased levels of IGF-1, estrogen metabolites are considered risk factors for cancers of the reproductive system, including cancers of the breasts, ovaries, and prostate. These metabolites can affect cellular proliferation such that cells grow rapidly and aberrantly, which can lead to cancer growth. Consumption of milk and dairy products contributes to the majority (60-70 percent) of estrogen intake in the human diet.

In a large study including 1,893 women from the Life After Cancer Epidemiology Study who had been diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer, higher amounts of high-fat dairy product consumption were associated with higher mortality rates. As little as 0.5 servings a day increased risk significantly. This is probably due to the fact that estrogenic hormones reside primarily in fat, making the concern most pronounced for consumption of high-fat dairy products.

The consumption of dairy products may also contribute to development of ovarian cancer. The relation between dairy products and ovarian cancer may be caused by the breakdown of the milk sugar lactose into galactose, a sugar which may be toxic to ovarian cells. In a study conducted in Sweden, consumption of lactose and dairy products was positively linked to ovarian cancer. A similar study, the Iowa Womens Health Study, found that women who consumed more than one glass of milk per day had a 73 percent greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than women who drank less than one glass per day.

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