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Is There A Way To Prevent My Prostate From Growing As I Get Older
Maybe: Unfortunately, as men age, their prostates tend to grow usually causing more and more bothersome urinary symptoms. Certain medications (called 5-alpha reducatase inhibitors) used to treat bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms (slow stream, weak stream, incomplete bladder emptying to name a few) can shrink the overall size of the prostate. ...Read more
The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more
Eat healthy: Prostate growth is genetic. However, maintaining a sensible diet and monitoring your belly circumference has been shown to improve prostate health. Also, as you grow older, you will notice that caffeine and sulfites (teas, coffees, wine) need to be moderated because they exacerbate urinary symptoms. ...Read more
Peter Pan: Aging is the prostate's greatest enemy. About half of men by age 50 will start experiencing some prostate-related symptoms. By age 90 more than 90 % will have prostate problems of some kind. However, high fiber, low red meat, low fat diet and moderate regular exercise may help with prostate health overall if we can't live in neverland. ...Read more
Little science here: It would be difficult to find a control group. As recently as the mid-20th century, 'pop' / 'cult' claims that 'solitary vice' did terrible spiritual damage resulted in men trying very hard -- usually unsuccessfully -- to avoid the practice. Anecdotally, accelerated prostate hyperplasia seemed to result. Within reasonable limits, correlation between frequency ; BPH risk seems negligible. ...Read more
BPH: It does not affect the prostate one way or the other. ...Read more
No, not really...: The studies on how to prevent prostate cancer have not proved to be definitive, and even conflicting. The key nutritional ingredients on studies are selenium, zinc, lycopene, etc. So, while still in the quagmire of uncertainty, if wishing, use them in moderation as long as you can afford, but realize there is no definite proof of their effectiveness, In reality, still gear up decency in DRE/PSA. ...Read more
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