Prostate Health Men’s Health in Mid Life

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Symptoms of male menopause or andropause can be similar to those of female menopause. One difference is in the issues related to the prostate gland.

Enlarged Prostate

Enlargement of the prostate gland generally begins around age 40 at the time when men enter viropause or andropause. The enlargement is gradual enough that many men are unaware of the problem until they experience symptoms. Although no specific cause for this has been found it is thought to be related to a reduction in male hormone levels.

Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) are
-urinary leakage
-difficulty starting urination
-a weak urinary stream
-dribbling after urinating
-not feeling as if the bladder is empty
-a more frequent desire to urinate
There are thought to be three stages in BPH, the first being the lessening of the stream and the increase of the urge to urinate. Enlargement of the prostate may stay at this level permanently. The second stage is the inability to empty the bladder fully. The third stage includes an increase in residual urine in the bladder which stagnates and distends the bladder.  Although there is no known cure for BPH the two earlier stages respond well to herbal remedies. The third stage generally requires surgical correction.
A digital rectal exam is recommended for men over forty years of age.  If there is blood in the urine or lower back pain a doctor or emergency clinic should be contacted immediately.

Prostate Cancer

Most prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas which mean that they arise in the secretory glandular cells of the prostate. In the US prostate cancer is second only to lung cancer.

Age seems to be a contributing factor in the development of prostate cancer. The percentage of diagnosed cases increases with age and the median age for diagnosis is 70.5.
Detection of prostate cancer is usually incidental at the time of a regular digital rectal exam.  The symptoms are
• urinary leakage
• difficulty starting urination
• a weak urinary stream
• dribbling after urinating
• difficulty stopping the urinary stream
• increased urination
• painful urination
Less common symptoms in advanced prostatic cancer are blood in the urine, painful ejaculation and impotence.  Medical attention should ideally be sought due to any of the earlier stage symptoms.


Natural Remedies for Prostate Health

There are a number of natural measures which can be taken to ensure prostate health.  
They are
-drink lots of pure water daily
-take part in enjoyable exercise
-use stress management techniques
-eat lightly
-eat more seeds
-vitamin and mineral supplements
-hot and cold packs to prostate area
-herb teas and tinctures
Paying close attention to the signals from your body is the key to a healthy prostate and the ability to lead an active happy life in middle and later years.