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Tests for the prostate have changed a lot since the doctor wearing rubber gloves had to examine your prostate. You can now do an instant test in the comfort of your own home with just a little bit of urine or a small finger prick (no pun intended). The prostate in young men is a gland about the size of a walnut and a component of the male sex organs. Prostate problems tend to occur with age as the size of the prostate gradually increases. Unfortunately for a lot of men, the older you are the more inclined you are to have health concerns with the prostate gland. Generally men aged 50 are more likely to have the most common types of prostate diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH, Prostatitis or prostate cancer.

If you're worried about any type of prostate problem watch out for warning signs.

For males under 50, prostate inflammation is not uncommon. A bacterial infection can be the cause and sometimes produces severe pain, a burning sensation and in some cases disability. Where men's health is concerned, prostate diseases in one form or another are quite common and worrying.

Causes and symptoms of prostate problems:-

1. Benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH - the male hormone testosterone, produces bi-products as it breaks down in the body. Over time this can cause your prostate gland to enlarge. The tissues in the gland can swell to such an extent that your urethra is squeezed by the prostate extending making it pinched and narrow, ouch! Needless to say, this can cause pain especially when urinating. Other factors can determine BPH like your age, family history and even race

2. Prostatitis - Prostatitis is sometimes a bacterial infection. This could be bacteria that are already in your stomach and intestines which have infected your urinary tract. A sudden infection can be triggered by:-

  • Unprotected sexual intercourse
  • Injuries to the pelvis
  • Stress
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Dehydration
  • Infection with HIV

3. Prostate cancer - prostate cancer can also be down to family history. If your father or a brother has had prostate cancer, your risk of getting it is doubled. The causes and symptoms of prostate cancer are unknown but some risk factors which can be identified are:- 

  • Having a history of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Old age
  • A diet that is high in animal fats

If you're worried about any type of prostate problem watch out for warning signs. They could be frequent urination, a sudden need to urinate, blood in the urine or pain while you’re urinating. In older men the most common symptoms are usually middle or lower back pain, an urgency to urinate, swelling in the legs or pain around the pelvic area.

The Prostate PSA Test at home:-

If you are concerned about your prostate health, why not buy a home prostate screening kit? It can be a simple urine test or blood test. They are affordable, easy to use at home and provide reliable results to give you peace of mind.

Lifestyle changes can help and even prevent prostate diseases from happening in the first place. If you think you may be heading towards prostate health issues:-

 

  • Try to avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine
  • Stop drinking fluids after your evening meal
  • Try to exercise regularly, at least once a week
  • Do pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables especially those high in beta-carotene and Vitamin C
  • If possible stay away from high doses of zinc supplements, they can worsen BPH

 

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Prostate

The prostate gland is walnut sized gland found at the base of the bladder in men and is actually a male reproductive organ. The urethra runs through the prostate gland. As men age they may experience urinary changes which can sometimes be from enlargement or inflammation of the prostate gland. Problematic urinary symptoms are sometimes, but absolutely not always, symptoms of prostate cancer. To find out more about your prostate, click on the resource links below.

Maintaining a Healthy Prostate: www.everydayhealth.com

Sex and your Prostate: www.webmd.com

List of Organizations for Prostate Cancer Information and Help: Prostate Cancer Info Link: www.prostatecancerinfolink.net

American Sexual Health Association: www.ashasexualhealth.org