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Prostate health – know your prostate

You’ll be glad to know that masturbation isn’t bad for you! You won’t go blind!

Men, have you ever heard or used the saying, “I’ve been hit in the nuts?”

Well, you could say if you’ve taken a blow to your manly region you’re not far from the truth. The prostate is a walnut size gland that is located below the bladder. It’s important for a man’s sex life and unfortunately few men know anything about their prostate. According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men is diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

What do you need to know about your prostate gland?

It is important for anyone to be aware of their family medical history. If you’re a man and have a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer, your risk of getting the disease is potentially two-and-a-half times higher compared to the average man. The risk increases to 4.3 if the relative was diagnosed before the age of 60.

The risk of getting prostate cancer gets higher as you get older and most men diagnosed with the condition are over 50.

In some cases, an enlarged prostate can press on the tube carrying urine from the bladder and it can cause urinary problems. This is known as benign prostate enlargement. Other prostate conditions include swelling, known as prostatitis, which is normally caused by an infection. This can make urinating painful. Sometimes a single cell in the prostate starts to multiply out of control and sadly, cancer can develop.

Most men with early prostate cancer have no symptoms at all. Some of the symptoms of prostate cancer below can also be caused by other prostate problems.

Symptoms of all prostate problems include:

  • Needing to urinate often, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • Straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish
  • Pain when urinating or during sex

If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor. Prostate cancer is diagnosed largely on the basis of the levels of a protein in blood, the prostate specific antigen (PSA).

Many men over 70 have prostate cancer, even though most of them will never have it diagnosed or have any symptoms. In the majority of cases, this is a slow-growing cancer and it may stay undiagnosed because it never causes any symptoms or problems.

In some cases, the prostate cancer cells can grow quickly and move outside the prostate, spreading the cancer to other parts of the body, such as the bones. It’s important to watch for signs of prostate cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the USA.

What can you do to improve your prostate health?

There are a number of preventative measures and lifestyle changes that a man can take to reduce his risk of developing prostate cancer.

  • Have a PSA test done
  • Have a yearly rectal examination
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep the amount of fat you get from red meat and dairy to a minimum
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Eat selenium rich foods such as: wheat germ, tuna, herring, shell food, beef liver, kidney, eggs, sunflower and sesame seeds, cashew nuts, mushrooms, onions and garlic
  • Eat powerful antioxidant foods such as: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels, bok choy and kale
  • Eat more soy found in tofu and nuts
  • Take a dietary supplement such as: Recommend supplements that Profound sell at the moment?
  • Keep fit!
  • Read and communicate. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization in the USA. Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCF.org/ where you can read up to date articles about prostate cancer and read about each other’s stories. Join conversations and ask questions. There is plenty of positivity and feel good stories that will lift your spirits
  • Relax and enjoy life
  • Experts have revealed that frequent ejaculation can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer

A long time ago, masturbation was thought to be a sin and likely to cause health problems – blindness, acne or haemorrhoids!

You will be glad to know that masturbation isn’t bad for you. It makes you happy and brightens your mood and it sends neurotransmitters including dopamine and oxytocin to the brain.

When you don’t ejaculate regularly the fluid in your prostate could become stagnant and full of viruses and bacteria that can lead to a series of health problems.

At the end of the day, you only live once. Be clued up on any ailments that you may have, stay in tune with your body, know your prostate and stay in good prostate health.

Best wishes,

Rachel

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