Thank you for joining us to talk about the Prostate and some of the ways that you can prevent prostate problems.  But before we look at this problem, we want to talk about the Prostate and what it is.

What is the Prostate:

The Prostate is located in the lower abdomen beneath the bladder and is a walnut-sized gland.  The prostate gland is extremely susceptible to many infections because it is close to the bladder and the urethra.

One of the most common side effects of the prostate disorder is that the gland becomes infected and becomes enlarged.

An alarming amount of men, approximately 11%, actually have not heard of it or pronounce the word as “prostrate” instead of “prostate”  said the Medical Care Yearbook. Vaughan, L, editor. Medical Yearbook. Emmaus, PA. Rodale Books, 1988, pp. 206-207

The Prostate gland is made up of about thirty to fifty small, gland-like clusters, not just a single gland. This gland is then combined into several sections which are held together by fibrous tissue.  Think of the Prostate has a doughnut – then picture the urethra as running through the centre of the doughnut hole.  The Prostate gland works as a valve to control whether urine or semen passes through it.

Unlike other glands, the prostate grows with age – as a young boy the hormone testosterone encourages the gland to grow in size and by the time this boy reaches manhood it could be the size of a walnut.  Around the age of 50, the prostate can become enlarged which is called hypertrophy. This is when signs of prostate problems can appear.  Please consult your doctor for an exam before this time as you may be able to detect problems sooner.

Diagnosis of Prostate Problems

It is imperative that all men over the age of 50 be examined on a regular basis.  However, if you are in a high risk group which includes a history of prostate problems in your family, especially African-American males, it is advisable to seek medical attention before the age of 50.

Some signs that you may have a problem is a slower than normal urinary stream or an urgent need to urinate.  Other symptoms may include blood in the urine, swollen lymph nodes in the groin, impotence, and pain in the pelvis, spine, hips or ribs. However, it is best to have a physical examination by your doctor. Also, your medical doctor can provide a test which can be done to check on the levels of PSA in your system.  Depending on the outcome of this test, your doctor will advise you on the next course of action.

I have listed below some tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine:

Tip #1 – The Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

There are a few types of vegetables that can be very beneficial in slowing the growth of the enzymes that can attack the prostate – garlic, broccoli and cauliflower.  To simply cut the garlic and let it sit for ten minutes allows it to release protective compounds into the enzymes.  One trick that you can use is to cook broccoli and cauliflower in small amounts of water and not to overcook.  Then you will get all the beneficial compounds from this food. To get the most reward out of these vegetables it is a good idea not to use a large amount of fat while cooking.

Tip #2 – What about Chicken  or Red Meat?

Max Ernest Jutte, M. D., a protege of James N. Salisbury, M.D., who developed the Salisbury steak, were both convinced that people with debilitating illness needed a high-meat diet to regain their health, since fruits and vegetables do not provide sufficient blood-building nutrients to make the body strong – Jutte, ME, Murray, F. You Must Eat Meat. Westport, CT:  Hutton Electronic Publishing, 2004; pp. 137ff, 232-233.

Many studies have been explored and the general rule of the thumb is to eat a well balanced diet which includes chicken and fish with limited amounts of red meat.  Chicken is easily digested in the system and this can be a helpful tip in the prevention of prostate cancer. Please consult your physician as to the amounts of meat, chicken and fish that you should incorporate into your diet.  Many factors play a role in the prevention and diagnosis of prostate problems such as the amount of exercise you get and/or if you smoke or not.

Tip #3 – Variety in your Diet is Key to Preventing Prostate Problems?

According to the Prostate Cancer: What you need to Know Now” a publication of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta Georgia.  You may be able to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by changing the way you eat.  The Society recommends a number of healthful tips on foods to eat, with a focus of plant sources, and cutting back on red meats, especially those that are high in fat.

A good selection of fruits and vegetables are recommended daily – Beans, bread, cereals, grain products, pasta and rice.  In particular, pink grapefruit, tomatoes and watermelon are a good source of lycopene which helps prevent damage to the DNA and helps lower the risk.

Tip #4 – Include Fish and Soy Into your Diet?

 Terry Paul, M.D. wrote a book called “Fatty Fish Consumption and Risk of Prostate Cancer”. The Lancet. 357:1764-1766, June 2, 2001.

Doctor Paul wrote in his book that men who ate no fish had a two to three fold higher frequency of prostate cancer than those who ate moderate or high amounts of fish.

As an overall tip of the day it is beneficial for good health to include fish and soy in your routine. Plus if you are wishing to lose some weight including more fish than red meat into your diet is an excellent way to cut calories.

Tip #5 –  Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle Routine

The best strategy for our life is to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine.

This means take healthy foods, stay hydrated, follow a daily exercise plan and take necessary vitamins in consultation with the health practitioner.

Our philosophy is that prevention is the best approach for a healthy, positive and enriching life.

Jane Brown

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