Mens disease of the prostate is one of the most difficult. This is a disease unique to men, and the medical community really doesn’t know a lot about it (which should make you nervous). They are not even sure what the total function of the prostate is (which should make you very nervous). The medical procedures for reducing the size of an enlarged prostate can be a little hard to deal with, as can the long term side effects.
Doctors will tell you that for most men, an enlarged prostate gland is a virtually inevitable part of mens disease and aging. The condition affects more than half of the men in North America over age 50 and 90% of the men over 80. Problems can range from enlargement to cancer.
How Do I Know If I Have A Prostate Problem?
Some of the symptoms can include, but are not limited to the following:
• Needing to get out of bed to urinate two or more times during the night:
• A sudden need to urinate:
• A weak urine stream:
• Slow or delayed start of urination;
• Dribbling after urination:
• Incomplete emptying of the bladder:
• Straining to urinate.What Are The Risk Factors?
Some other risk factors besides poor nutrition play an important role in mens disease, and whether or not an individual will have these problems to look forward to. According to the available studies:
• Obesity is a factor almost guaranteeing you will have this problem, as well as other issues with mens disease:
• Cigarette smoking is another concern;
• Stress can also cause the prostate to grow more rapidly, and can actually make symptoms worse.
What Are Some Of My Options?
With present nutrition levels in North America, and a lack of understanding by a good percentage of the Western medical community about how nutrition plays a key role in mens disease, it is difficult to get an answer to prostate health that does not involve a drug or an operation. Recent research shows that even the PSA test to check for cancer in the prostate is not as accurate as once thought.PSA Tests
One of the most common questions that doctors get from their male patients when talking about mens disease, is whether or not they should have a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test. This simple blood test can detect prostate cancer at a very early stage. What isn’t known is whether getting a PSA test will actually benefit you. Recent research has shown that except in high risk cases of prostate cancer, a “wait and monitor” treatment is starting to get some interest.
In 1996 there were 317,000 newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer in the US. With more than 40,000 deaths per year, it’s become the number two cause of cancer death in men (lung cancer still remains # 1), and a major concern in mens disease.
What most people don’t know is that in mens disease, prostate cancer is very common. It has been estimated that 40% of all men over the age of 50 have it. But only about 8% of men will ever demonstrate symptoms, and only 3% die of the disease. In other words, four out of five men with prostate cancer never have symptoms, and 9 out of 10 will die of something else! In the past, most men never even knew that they had prostate cancer.
The PSA test changed all of that. Before the test went into widespread use—beginning in the mid-1980’s—there were only about one third as many cases diagnosed per year. Even so, the number of prostate cancer deaths was about the same as it is today.
This points out one of the biggest problems with PSA testing. We now have the ability to detect cancer not just in those destined to die of the disease, but also in the majority who will never get symptoms. Unfortunately, at this time, it is impossible to differentiate between the two groups.
The second big problem with PSA testing is that it’s not clear that the standard treatments for prostate cancer: radical prostate surgery and X-ray therapy, saves lives. No good, solid studies have demonstrated their effectiveness. Such studies are underway, but it will be years before the results are in. In the meantime, the number of men undergoing prostate surgery has skyrocketed.
The side effects of the surgery, such as:
• Lack of erection;
• Having to wear adult diapers;
• Or having a clamp on the penis,basically wreak havoc with the average male. Once done, it cannot be undone. There are drugs of course, but there are also side effects from those as well. (See drugs and their side effects)
What Can I Do To Avoid This?
So what’s the answer here? I’ll start with Florida…Florida? Yes. One of the main exports out of the state is saw palmetto to Europe. What does that have to do with the prostate? It is one of the natural products that a lot of men in Europe take to support the health of the prostate, and prevent prostate problems, including cancer. Europe has a very different outlook on mens disease, there is more of a desire to work with the body system before resorting to drugs or surgical intervention. The men who do take saw palmetto, along with lycopene, pumpkin seed, and zinc, (see Vitamins and supplements) do not have the prostate problems that US males do.
In this country, there are products available to “help” with prostate health, as well as other areas of mens disease, but not all are created equal and not all are effective. You always need to remember that a topic like mens health or mens disease, spells dollar signs for a lot of companies. It is difficult to sort through all of the hype to find a company that actually is more interested in your overall health than seeing how much money they can get from you. I can recommend one product that contains not only high quality saw palmetto, but lycopene, pumpkin seed and zinc, all of which have been proven to support both prostate health and urinary tract health. Click here for more information.
Zinc and The Prostate
You may not know this, but the prostate gland contains the most zinc of any organ or gland in the body. Why this is important is that adequate zinc is critical for our immune system to function at its best, and for proper healing to take place.(see Vitamins and supplements)
The most important thing you can do is do your own research. It is of major importance for everyone to do this.If you listen to the TV adds, and a lot of the medical community, you will be on so many drugs that you will wonder what happened.
Men and Heart Disease
First off, we need to question the “accepted levels” according to western medicine. We need to do our own research and decide if taking a statin drug (see section on drugs and side effects), like Lipitor™ to lower cholesterol levels is such a great idea. The upside of taking a statin: your LDL levels do go down. Downsides,besides the cost, are numerous:
• Statin drugs interfere with natural enzymes in the liver that regulate our cholesterol production, but do nothing to regulate the cholesterol we take in with our daily diet:
• These drugs also affect the oxygen in your muscles and blood system, so being very tired is a side effect that you have to deal with:
• The oxygen levels also can affect your brain, and your memory:
• Cholesterol is the main ingredient for collagen, which is the building block of all cells:
• Something else to keep in mind: the human brain is close to 70% cholesterol.
Diet alone is usually not enough to reduce LDL cholesterol; it needs to be combined with a regular exercise program. To help prevent the majority of mens disease, it is sometimes necessary to radically change your diet. In addition, it is a good idea to also add a high quality supplement that contains omega 3 oils, combined with plant sterols (plant compounds) to help raise the HDL levels, and lower the LDL levels and triglyceride levels. This has been scientifically proven to reduce LDL levels by up to 29%, and triglyceride levels by 26%. You must be sure you are getting the real thing, not some ineffective product. (see Vitamins and supplements) area of my site for more information.
Downside of taking Omega 3 oils and plant compounds: )none Upsides are numerous:
• Naturally lowering your LDL cholesterol by working with your body to inhibit the amount of cholesterol you take into your system from your diet;
• No effect on your liver or other organs:
• Added oxygen to your blood stream and muscles:
• More energy:
• Improved brain function:
• Stronger immune system.How Will I Recognize the Symptoms of a Heart Attack or Stroke?
The most common symptom of a heart attack is pain in the chest. But in some cases there is no pain—just a sensation that has been described as “someone sitting on my chest.” The pain may radiate up the neck and down the arms.
Other symptoms may include:
• Sudden sweating;
• Shortness of breath;
• Tightness in the jaw;
• Nausea.In some cases these signs may occur several days before an attack. Because the sensations wax and wane, patients are tempted to ignore them. That’s a BIG mistake. Men are especially prone to ignore symptoms of heart problems, and to ignore other critical symptoms of mens disease.
One of the problems is that heart attack sufferers are often stoic, or simply ignore symptoms. When men have a chest pain or other symptoms suggestive of heart trouble, the thought is: It must be something I ate. In a lot of cases, people are just too afraid to even consider that they may be having a heart attack, or reluctant to risk embarrassment by calling an ambulance only to find out the problem was heartburn.
These individuals sometimes wait hours, often until they are in agony, before seeking help. By the time they reach the emergency room, irreversible damage may have been done.
So, Who’s At Risk?
Those who are at obvious risk for heart disease:
• Overweight people;
• Individuals with high blood pressure;
• Individuals with elevated cholesterol,should all be especially alert to these signals.
But, heart attacks also strike and kill people with NO known risk factors. If you, or someone you know notices even mild symptoms, call a doctor at once.
Get To The Hospital Quickly!
If treatment is initiated during the first “golden hour” following a heart attack, mortality is only 1% to 5%. After four to five hours of delay, that climbs to 12%. The sooner that you can get to the hospital, the better. There are “clot-busting” drugs that actually restore blood flow to the heart. But the patient still must reach the hospital right away.Cardiovascular disease (CVD) or, heart disease, is the leading cause of death in the world today. In the US, death rates from CVD in men (aged 35 to 50) are three times greater than in women of the same age. So the key is to start early with a good diet and exercise program and keep it up for your whole life. So, What Exactly is Heart Disease?
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), the most common form of cardiovascular disease, usually involves atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), and hypertension (high blood pressure). Atherosclerosis is caused primarily by diet and lifestyle. The "western diet", which is a diet high in saturated fat, is a major contributor to these two conditions. They are directly linked together: when you have narrowing and hardening of the arteries, (atherosclerosis), you also have a restricted blood flow which causes hypertension (high blood pressure).
Think of your circulatory system like a garden hose: when you squeeze the garden hose, or use a nozzle, narrowing the space for water to get through, the water comes out in a smaller, higher pressure stream. If you have an old garden hose that has been around for awhile, it is stiff and inflexible, that is how your arteries can become. Not only does that affect your blood pressure, but it affects the ability for you to have complete circulation throughout your arterial and vein systems.
Your Brain and Heart Disease
Another major problem with Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is that it not only strains the heart and circulatory system, but it reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching your cells, including your brain. I will cover a lot of this information in these sections of this site: diet, exercise, weight management, vitamins and supplements, natural alternatives to drugs.home page return Return to Mens Health