Prostate problems? According to statistics 1 in every 4 American men above 40 are in the high risk category for health problems associated with the prostate gland. About half the men in the age group of 60 and 80% of the men over 80 are predicted to suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) possibly leading to prostate cancer. And the numbers are growing.
Whether you are below 40 or over 40—educating yourself on the reasons, causes and management of prostate problems could:
- Help prevent prostate problems
- Alleviate their symptoms
With statistics showing American men at greater risk and given that prostate cancer is the number one cancer killer among men in our country, the time for you to act is now.
What is the Prostate?
The prostate, a small organ approximately the size of a walnut, found below the bladder, forms a part of the male reproductive organ. The prostate produces semen. At birth the size of the prostate gland is the about the size of a pea. At puberty the prostate doubles in size. After 40, the prostate begins to increase in size because of a change in levels of the male hormone, testosterone.
Understanding the Problem
Change in the levels of the hormone, testosterone affect the size of the prostate. This happens because testosterone is converted into another, more powerful male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the prostate cells. DHT is triggers the division of prostate cells increasing their number. Levels of DHT are known to be 5 times higher in enlarged prostate glands than in those of a normal sized prostate. If the conversion of testosterone to DHT is prevented, BPH may not occur and may even be reversed once it has developed.
Who is at Greater Risk?
It is seen that factors like age, heredity, lifestyle, diet and ethnicity have much to do with prostate related problems. For example, African American men are at more risk than Caucasians; men who live sedentary lives are also at more risk.
Treatment with Drugs. This may give temporary relief to prostate problems. As soon as the drug treatment stops the prostate begins to increase in size. Drugs also may have harmful side effects such as headaches, dizziness, tiredness. Some drug treatments may inhibit your sex life and temporarily affect the ability to perform.
Surgery. Not all surgical treatment has turned out to be a permanent solution. The prostate may grow again involving a repeat operation. There is also the risk of inhibitions to your sex life.