How to keep your prostate healthy - 5 tipsPrint
A Healthy Prostate
The prostate gland is an organ in the male body, located just below the bladder. While aging, most men will encounter some form of an age-induced drop in the hormone testosterone and/or an age-related gradual swelling of the prostate gland.
In fact, 50% of all men aged 60 and over will experience some form of health issue with an enlarged prostate gland.
When past age 70, around 90% of men have an enlarged prostate.
An age-related issue, an enlarged prostate can put pressure on the urethra the canal through which urine passes.
This can in turn lead to loss of sleep, urinary tract infections, damages on the bladder and kidneys, development of bladder stones and incontinence. An enlarged prostate can also have a large impact on a man’s health from obstructing urinary flow to a reducing sexual function and libido.
Therefore, there are good reasons why any man should take care of supporting normal prostate health.
You Can Take Steps to Keep a Healthy Prostate
Several types of natural compounds have been shown to have a positive effect on maintaining normal prostate size and function.
5 tips for a healthy prostate
- Eat lots of tomatoes
Not only do tomatoes taste great and are healthy in general. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene which have been shown to have a positive effect in promoting prostate health.
- Take a Saw Palmetto supplement regularly
Some testosterone will be converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body, which promotes prostate growth. Saw Palmetto counters this because it simply blocks this conversion from happening.
- Cut down on tobacco and alcohol
Since tobacco has long been associated with a variety of cancers, it is best to stay away from tobacco completely. Similarly, moderation is key when it comes to alcohol consumption.
- Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor
Men are known to write off health issues as minor inconveniences more often than women. But this is not a good strategy when dealing with the health of your prostate. Regular blood tests and check-ups with you GP can help you detect and inhibit early prostate health issues.
- Exercise regularly
You don’t have to be a professional sportsman to feel the positive impact that sports can have on your health. Just 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week can have a significant impact on your long-term health. The form of exercise you choose is less important than actually doing it, so pick something that you like.