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Keeping your prostate in good working order

Particularly as men age, the prostate gland becomes a central health issue. Roisin Armstrong looks at identifying prostate problems and how medicine addresses them, and offers suggestions on how to maintain prostate health

For men who are experiencing symptoms related to prostate cancer, such as difficulty urinating, the PSA test can be an effective screening method

ONE of the most discussed features of men’s health are issues dealing with the prostate. The three most common problems which occur are benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), where the prostate gland is swollen and enlarged, prostate cancer and prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland, often resulting in swelling or pain.

The prostate is a reproductive gland located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around the urethra, a tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate produces most of a male’s semen.

BPH is a common problem and it is estimated that the condition affects 50 per cent of men over 50 years of age. Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:

:: A need to urinate frequently

:: Having to get up at night to urinate

:: Poor stream or urine flow

:: Difficulty stopping or starting when urinating

:: A feeling of urgency when needing the toilet

Prostate enlargement is not usually a serious problem but symptoms experienced can affect a man’s quality of life by interrupting his sleep (and that of his partner), and the inconvenience of always needing the toilet. Symptoms of become more common with age and by the age of 70, the majority of men will show signs of the problem.

Prostatitis can result in four significant symptoms: pain, urination problems, sexual dysfunction, and general health problems, such as feeling tired and depressed. Problems affecting the prostate gland are commonly encountered, especially as a man becomes older.

Prostate cancer, another prostate problem which is more commonly seen in older men, is not considered a problem of prostate enlargement. A specific test measures the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, in the blood. Men with prostate cancer often have elevated PSA levels, but levels can fluctuate for a variety of reasons other than prostate cancer.

For men who are experiencing symptoms related to prostate cancer, such as difficulty urinating, the PSA test can be an effective screening method. However, the test is notorious for producing false positives and negatives and is not considered an effective stand-alone diagnostic tool. It is used in conjunction with digital rectal exams and ultimately, a prostate biopsy, to confirm or rule out cancer.

Medically the formula for dealing with prostate problems includes watching and waiting – the option for mild cases with few symptoms. Prescribed medication is used for moderate or troublesome symptoms and before surgery is considered. Surgery is the most common treatment for moderate or severe symptoms, ranging from minimally invasive to open surgery. And of course there are herbal remedies.

While not always accepted by the medical profession, saw palmetto is the herb of choice and it is increasingly being considered as an option by doctors, including urologists.

In relation to the importance of diet and nutrition, a recent study showed that eating four or more servings of vegetables daily reduced the risk of developing an enlarged prostate gland by 32 per cent and eating a diet containing red meat daily increased the risk of BPH – benign prostatic hyperplasia or hypertrophy – by 38 per cent.

A diet focused on vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, as well as kale, kohlrabi, watercress, and radishes, along with leeks, onions and garlic is worthwhile – great news coming into autumn as most of these are seasonally, plentiful and well priced.

Eat zinc-rich foods as there is plenty of scientific evidence to back up the role of zinc to support prostate health. Shellfish, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pecan nuts, fish and eggs can help you increase your daily intake. Alcohol interferes with zinc uptake, so keep this to a minimum. Try to get your healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil and fish.

A.Vogel, one of the most trusted providers of herbal remedies, recently conducted a study “to confirm the efficacy and safety of Prostasan® Saw Palmetto capsules, in patients with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperplasia in long-term treatment.”

This was a 12-month study of 76 men aged, on average, 62. The study found that BPH symptoms improved significantly after six months' use; there was no further prostate growth for any of the men tested; there were no significant increases in any PSA values during treatment.

Efficacy and safety were rated in the high 90s by all participants and their physicians throughout treatment. Even better, no side effects were noted – most prostate medications' side effects include erectile dysfunction and decrease of libido.

If you want more specific recipes and ideas for delicious and healthy meals for your prostate, check out Healthy Eating: The Prostate Care Cookbook by Professor Margaret Rayman, Kay Gibbs and Kay Dilley, available online and in most good bookshops, price £12.99.


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