The prostate is a small chestnut sized gland located just beneath
the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum. It encircles the
tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
Found only in men, the prostate adds a liquid medium that the sperm cells
need for nourishment which carries the sperm during ejaculation.
The prostrate is the most common site of disorders in the male urinary
system. Two of the most common prostrate problems are
prostatitis and enlarged prostrate (medically known as benign prostatic
defined as an
inflammation of the prostate gland.
Prostatitis can be either acute or chronic. Typical symptoms of acute
1) Difficulty in
starting to urinate
2) Increased urge
3) Burning or
painful voiding of urine.
4) Dribbling and
difficulty emptying the bladder
5) Frequent or
continuous lower back pain.
It may also include pain between the scrotum and
rectum. It can be accompanied by fever, and by blood or pus in the urine.
Symptoms of chronic prostatitis are frequent and burning urination with
blood in the urine, lower back pain, and impotence. Urination becomes more
difficult as the problem advances.
Gradual enlargement of the prostate occurs in approximately 60%
of men over the age of fifty
and three quarters of the men over seventy years of age and is largely attributable to hormonal changes
associated with aging.
While not cancerous, an enlarged prostate can nevertheless cause
problems. If it becomes too large, it obstructs the urethral canal, which
will interfere with urination and thus its ability to
empty the bladder.
symptoms are hesitation or difficulty in urinating and
the frequent need to urinate both during the day and at night.
Because the bladder cannot empty completely, the kidneys
can be damaged.
The symptoms for these disorders could also be
prostate cancer, so check if you have these symptoms:
Painful urination, coupled with lower back pain, fever and pelvic
You frequently feel the urge to urinate but can't get started.
You repeatedly urinate two or three times a night.
(See below for recommended
Hydrotherapy can be
used to increase circulation in the
prostate area. You can sit in a tub that contains
the hot water, as hot as is tolerable for fifteen to thirty minutes once or twice a
alcoholic beverages, caffeine, chlorinated and fluoridated water, spicy
foods, junk foods,
and tomato and tomato products. Limit your exposure to pesticides and
other environmental contaminates.
If you have prostatitis,
increase your fluid intake. Drink plenty of water daily to stimulate urine flow.
exercise. Do not ride a bicycle, as this may put pressure on
the prostate. Walking is good exercise.
If your prostate is
enlarged, don't take over-the-counter cold or allergy
remedies. These can contain ingredients that can worsen the condition and cause urinary retention.
Avoid exposure to
very cold weather.
Engaging in sexual intercourse while the
prostate is infected can further irritate the prostate.
Zinc deficiency is linked to enlargement of the
prostate. Soil used in farming is often deficient in zinc.
Alcohol causes a deficiency of zinc and other serious nutritional
deficiencies. However, too much zinc can depress immune function,
upset your gastrointestinal system and can deplete your body of another
mineral, copper. So do not take more than 50 mg a day without talking to
your nutritionist or health care professional.
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