I still remember the pains my late father faced for a couple of years in the mid 90’s. Every night, he goes to ease himself a few times before dawn, often with pains. Since he couldn’t sleep for long periods during the night, he soon began to lose weight. I always knew him to be robust and energetic, but after two years of enduring these pains, he became frail and weakly. He had been suffering from prostate cancer, and nothing could be done to save him. After witnessing all that he went through, I’m determined to live differently. So I ask all men: What are you doing to protect your prostate gland today?
For years, no one knew what name to call the symptoms my father was experiencing. In fact, he kept traveling from one city to the other for years seeking for both orthodox and traditional treatments. Finally, the doctors at University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH) were able to identify the problem, but they didn’t have any experienced doctors to treat him. Sadly, after a few weeks of trying to treat him, he passed away in the hospital. He was 64 years then!
Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate
In men, urine flows from the bladder through the urethra. The non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate blocks the flow of urine through the urethra. When the prostate cells gradually multiply, it creates an enlargement that puts pressure on the urethra. The urethra is the passageway through which urine and semen exit the body. As the urethra narrows, the bladder has to contract more forcefully to push urine through the body. Over time, the bladder begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing a need to urinate frequently.
Here are some of the symptoms men with enlarged prostate gland can experience.
*A weak or slow urinary stream
*There’s always the feeling that the bladder is not completely empty, and there’s also the difficulty to even start urinating even when you are pressed.
*Frequent visiting the toilet to urinate, mostly with the urgency to do it.
*Every night, sleep is irregular because of getting up a few times at night to urinate.
*When urinating, the urinary stream is always starting and stopping, even straining to urinate.
*Returning to urinate again minutes after finishing, and the continuous dribbling of urine.
When the bladder does not empty completely, you become at risk for developing urinary tract infections, according to webmd.com. Over time, other serious problems like bladder stones, blood in the urine, and acute urinary retention can also develop. A sudden and complete inability to urinate is a medical emergency; you should see your doctor immediately. In rare cases, bladder and/or kidney damage can develop eventually.
Facts About Prostate Enlargement
The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it’s believed to be linked to hormonal changes as a man gets older. The balance of hormones in your body changes as you get older and this may cause your prostate gland to grow.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) affects about 50 percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60. It also affects up to 90 percent of men older than 80 years. The incidence of prostate cancer increases more rapidly with age than any other cancer type. As the number of cases rise, the average life expectancy continues to increase over the past century.
Curiously, the increased incidence seems to be, in some way, related to the ‘Western’ lifestyle. Asian men have lower numbers of clinical prostate cancer, compared with Western populations. Most men put up with an enlarged prostate for months, even years, before seeing a doctor. But what can younger men do to avoid experiencing enlargement of their prostate glands? How can you protect your prostate gland today?
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Foods That Protects Your Prostate Gland
Anyone who is worried about developing prostate problems should realize that foods can make a difference. There are a few categorical changes to make about diet that can make a big difference in prostate health. What you eat can potentially prove to be a disadvantage your prostate health. The Science of Living Well, Beyond Cancer recommends a diet that is high in colorful vegetables, low in sugar and processed carbohydrates. It also encourages moderation in animal-based protein, while taking advantage of the health benefits of beans, nuts, soy, and certain fish.
For a healthy prostate gland, reports show that it’s best to eat foods that include cruciferous vegetables, berries, fish, tomatoes and tea/coffee. Cruciferous vegetables include things like cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli, and they are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Berries like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are great antioxidants. Cold-water fish like salmon and sardines provide “good fats” that don’t trigger inflammation that produces cancerous growths. Tomatoes are powerful antioxidants too because they contain lycopene.
If you already experiencing early signs of prostate enlargement, you can also benefit from eating certain foods. To shrink the prostate gland, or at least to stop the enlargement, these are the foods to eat, according to Healthline:
Sesame seeds, which are rich in zinc;
Salmon, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids;
Avocados, which are rich in beta-sitosterol;
as well as those listed earlier.
Some may wonder: What quantity of these foods should you eat for it to be effective? The fact remains that some of these foods are not always available for you. Some of them are seasonal foods, while others are not found within our geographical location. How then does one make up for this deficiency?
Protect Your Prostate Gland With Supplements
The fact is: the foods we eat are not enough to provide the recommended daily vitamins and mineral our bodies need. We often eat only foods that we can afford, but may not be the kind of nutrition our bodies need. Due to these shortages, we end up developing different health challenges. We therefore need another way to compensate for these shortages.
We need food supplements! The purpose of these food supplement is to add that little extra to your normal diet. They ensure that you are getting a measurable amount of essential nutrients and make up for the poor nutrient content of the many foods we eat. The body needs supplements for vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, and others. These supplements enrich the body’s internal environment to fortify cellular protection, repair, and regeneration and support the Renewal process.
We all need these supplements, since we are all exposed to environmental factors that can cause various cancers. Both men and women are susceptible to these cancers. If you have not started using these supplements, it’s important to start including them in your monthly budget. They are not to be viewed as luxury provisions, but very important for healthy living. We just can’t enjoy healthy living without food supplements!
Many testimonies have shown how taking these food supplements have helped people overcome different health challenges. People who had different cancers, kidney and liver damages, as well as different pains have regained good health by taking supplements. Of course, you have to take specific supplements for specific health challenges. Taking care of prostate enlargement issues require specific supplements. Reach out to me if you have any questions regarding this.
My advice to all men: start taking action to protect your prostate gland today. If you are up to 30 years, start eating healthy foods that will help protect your prostate gland. For men between 40 – 50 years, visit a doctor to check the condition of your prostate gland, especially if there’s a history of it in your family. As you do so, start taking the necessary food supplements to help promote your prostate’s health.
If you are currently experiencing the symptoms listed above, you need to see a Urologist immediately for proper care. While you do, please start taking the necessary supplements that will help your body recover quickly. I am ready to connect you to a qualified urologist, as well as show you the supplements you need.
If you choose to ignore this article for one reason or the other, you may just be exposing yourself to a painful future. When you fail to take action to protect your prostate gland today, you may end up developing prostate cancer. That is what happened to my late father, and I don’t wish anyone to suffer what he experienced. Take action today!
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