BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is an age-associated prostate gland enlargement that affects the quality of life in approximately one third of men over the age of 50. The disruptive symptoms of BPH have driven many to seek treatments and prevention methods, which has given birth to several prostate health myths.
Myth 1: BPH Causes Prostate Cancer
BPH is not typically a dangerous condition, but if left untreated, it can lead to more serious complications in the urinary tract. That being said, there is no direct link between BPH and prostate cancer, meaning a patient with BPH is no more likely to develop prostate cancer than a patient without BPH
It is, however, important to note that some men with BPH do go on to develop prostate cancer, so regular screening is important. You can also be proactive and start caring for your prostate with patented USPlus® saw palmetto, which contains three times the beta carotene, ten times the amount of lutein, and 30 times the zeaxanthin of typical saw palmetto extracts.
Myth 2: The Bigger The Prostate, The Worse The Symptoms
The prostate continues to grow with age, but bigger does not mean worse. Prostate size is not directly related to the severity of symptoms. In many cases, men with a slight enlargement can experience extreme symptoms, while others with much larger prostates can experience no symptoms at all.
There are medications such as antihistamines and decongestants, that can exacerbate symptoms, so should be avoided when possible. You can also take prostate health one step further with pygeum, an herbal extract full of antioxidants to protect cells for healthier urinary tract function.
Myth 3: Prostate Cancer Always Causes Symptoms
It is not uncommon for men with early-stage prostate cancer to not have symptoms. When symptoms do occur, it’s often a sign of late-stage cancer, so early detection is essential. Regular screening after the age of 40 along with a healthy diet and lifestyle is the best way to promote prostate health and reduce your risks of prostate cancer.
The diet you choose should include a prostate-supporting plant sterols such as pine bark extract and stinging nettle. Nutrients found in both work to disrupt DHT production, a potent form of testosterone that increases the risk of prostate cancer. Stinging nettle also supports nitric oxide production, a molecule that helps promote healthy urinary tract function.
Myth 4: Only Elderly Men Have Prostate Issues
Prostate size naturally increases with age which means the older you are, the more likely you are to develop the associated symptoms. But age is not the only risk factor. Your race, family history, physical health and lifestyle are all factors that can influence prostate health.
Prostate enlargement occurs mostly in men during their 50s, but although rare, some men under age 40 can experience symptoms. When you take a proactive approach, you can work to keep your prostate healthy with nutrients such as pumpkin seed oil, shown to block abnormal prostate cell growth.
Myth 5: Lifestyle Changes Won’t Help BPH Symptoms
Your lifestyle influences your health and changes in diet and exercise can alleviate the symptoms of BPH. Regular aerobic activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce inflammation while Kegel exercises and yoga can help strengthen the pelvic floor to support a normal urination schedule.
You also want to follow a balanced diet, full of nutrient-rich carotenoids like lycopene, found in tomatoes, and lutein. These powerful plant sterols help prevent oxidative damage that can cause abnormal cell growth. The combination of lutein with lycopene strengthens the protective benefits allowing prostate cells to grow and function in a healthy way.
When you can identify the facts amid all the fiction, you can take better care of your prostate. You can’t stop the aging process or its influence over your prostate, but with preventative care, you can maintain healthy prostate growth at any age. Armed with the facts and prostate health-boosting nutrients, you can take on aging and prostate health with confidence and vitality.