Prostate Problems

After 50 or so, many men in developed countries suffer from some degree of prostate problem. A simple (and rather unpopular) physical examination by your GP will tell you if your prostate is enlarged.

Lifestyle factors can delay or avoid the advent of benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement, or BPH) and even prostate cancer.

Exercise appears to tone the muscle of the prostate gland. Men can reduce their risk of developing BPH by 25% with a weekly regimen of 2-3 hours of walking. In an ongoing US study of over 30,000 men, it was found that the more active the men were, the less likely they were to suffer from BPH.

Nutrition for Healthy Prostates

Isoflavones inhibit prostate cancer – they come from the herb red clover, which may reduce the size of the prostate.Isoflavones are also found beans – baked beans, three bean mix, hummus, peanuts and button mushrooms.

The incidence of prostate enlargement in eastern countries where many pulses, are eaten, is lower than in western countries. Vitamin E and zinc are also good preventative nutrients and you can find both of those nutrients in simple pumpkin seeds.

Pomegranates – and berries are among the ‘super foods’ in their ability to prevent chronic degenerative diseases, like cancer and studies have shown pomegranate to be a weapon against prostate cancer. There lots of studies showing anti-cancer properties of dark red and purple fruits. Fruits that have anti cancer effects are blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, and boysenberries.

Berries are rich in anti oxidants and substances called ‘phenolic compounds’ which provide the anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is the anti-oxidant and vitamin A content of berries that help to reduce the oxidative damage that causes cancer. Some of the components of berries are so potently anti carcinogenic, that they may one day be used in the treatment of cancer. Blueberries and cranberries also contain resveratrol, which can suppress a range of cancer cells, including breast, prostate, stomach, colon and ovarian cancers.

PSA Test Anyone?

Controversy has been going on for years over whether men should be screened for prostate cancer, with a PSA test. The problem is that having a 'normal' PSA level is no guarantee that you're cancer-free, and only a proportion of men with a raised PSA have cancer revealed after a biopsy.

The prostate cancer-screening test is a simple blood test, which shows the prostate specific antigen (PSA) level. The age at which regular screening becomes strongly recommended is 50 – 70. In Australia most PSA tests are being done for men over 70. The book ‘Your Prostate, Your Choices’ by Dr Hirst may be helpful.

Treatment

Homeopathic and herbal medicines are available to treat BPH. Please contact the clinic if you would like to seek treatment. We can also do a Hair Mineral Analysis to check if you have high mercury levels that may be affecting your prostate.


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