Your guide to prostate health

Your guide to
prostate health
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Your guide to prostate health
Table of contents
Your guide to prostate health
This prostate cancer advice could cost you
your life!
Taking this supplement could decrease your
risk of prostate cancer by 45%
Your guide to prostate health
When you’re born, your prostate is about the size of a pea. It doesn’t change much until you
hit puberty and your body begins to secrete the male hormone testosterone. At this point,
your prostate nearly doubles in size, and continues to grow very slowly.
This is a normal part of the ageing process – something you may not even be aware of, so
long as the growth is as it should be...outward. But if the prostate grows inward, toward the
urethra, you can begin to develop urinary and sexual malfunctions, the symptoms of an
enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
To avoid any confusion, you should understand that BPH is not the same thing as prostate
cancer, having BPH does not necessarily mean you will develop prostate cancer, and even if
you develop prostate cancer, it will not necessarily develop into a life-threatening disease.
In fact, in many cases, prostate cancer either remains dormant throughout a man’s life or
does not spread beyond the prostate.
Though prostate cancer and BPH are two entirely separate conditions, the symptoms and
diagnostic techniques associated with them are similar. Both develop very slowly – and if
detected early enough both can respond favourably to mainstream and alternative
The Testosterone Connection
Testosterone is a natural youth hormone produced by the testes and adrenal glands. Among
other things, it helps promote strong bones and muscles – and a healthy sex drive.
Unfortunately, testosterone can be metabolised into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a
problematic steroid that many believe is responsible for the development of BPH.
Most animals lose their ability to produce DHT as they age. However, some research has
indicated that even with a drop in the blood’s testosterone level, older men continue to
produce and accumulate high levels of DHT in the prostate. This accumulation of DHT may
encourage the growth of prostate cells. Scientists have also noted that men who do not
produce DHT do not develop BPH.
The Importance of Regular Physical Exams
The cards are stacked against us – studies show that roughly 50% of all men have some
form of prostate trouble by age 50. And that percentage increases proportionate to age with
up to 90% of men over 80 feeling the “squeeze.”
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But whether you’re 20 or 90, every man should know the symptoms of prostate trouble. Any
one of the following could be a warning sign:
a frequent need to urinate especially at night
pain or burning when urinating
a weak urine stream, or difficulties in starting or stopping the flow of urine
painful sex
inability to fully empty the bladder
These symptoms, indicative of urinary retention, can lead to very serious consequences,
including bladder distension and loss of flexibility, as well as kidney damage. However, early
detection is key, and your doctor can sometimes detect trouble before any symptoms even
appear. This is why regular urological checkups – especially if some of these symptoms
start to appear – are critical.
During your prostate exam, your doctor will check on the size and condition of your
prostate. This is typically done by giving you a digital rectal exam or by using highfrequency sound waves (transrectal ultrasound) to make a visual image of the gland.
You may also be examined with an instrument called a cystoscope – a thin tubular
instrument, equipped with a light, that enables your doctor to see into the bladder and parts
of your urinary tract.
Other diagnostic tools include a flow study and a residual urine test, in which a catheter is
inserted in the urethra after urination to see if any residual urine is inside.
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This prostate cancer advice could cost you your life!
If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there's a very good chance you've been
subjected to some of the worst medical advice - to cut fat out of your diet.
Why's this such a terrible recommendation? According to a recent study from the University
of California, this advice could actually KILL you!
Researchers found that a diet rich in fats could actually keep your prostate cancer from
spreading and slash your risk of dying by a massive 29%!
But, not all fats can offer you protection against the spread of prostate
If you’re thinking of firing up the Weber and charring some boerie, think again.
The secret is to load up your menu with healthy vegetable fats, typical of the Mediterranean
diet, like nuts and olive oil.
In the study, researchers tracked more than 4,500 men who had been diagnosed with
localised prostate cancer. They filled out a survey every four years. (It's not uncommon for
men to live for years with prostate cancer.)
The men who reported getting the highest proportion of their daily calories from vegetable
fat were nearly a third less likely to die during the study. Plus, they lowered their risk of
developing more lethal forms of cancer.
And the best part is, these men weren’t chugging down olive oil by the litre. They just
replaced 10% of their daily calories from carbohydrates to vegetable fats. Just this boosted
their chances of beating cancer.
The men in the study who replaced 5% of their daily calories with saturated fat, or 1% with
trans fat, increased their risk of dying by up to 30%!
To boost your chances of winning the fight against one of the most dreaded killers, give the
Mediterranean diet a try and load up on vegetable fats.
And if you haven't been diagnosed with prostate cancer but suffer with Benign Prostatic
Hyperplasia - or a swollen prostate - find out here how you can end the numerous urgent
races to the bathroom and revive your sex life here...
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Taking this supplement could decrease your risk of
prostate cancer by 45%
For more than 50 years, science has known that seminal fluid from a healthy prostate
contains a high concentration of zinc. One ejaculation may contain nearly all the zinc
absorbed by the body in one day.
Zinc deficiency in males can have serious consequences. It can lead to infertility and, in
severe cases, impotency. Some evidence also shows that a lack of zinc may be the culprit in
cases of chronic prostatitis.
In a study at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, the zinc content of semen samples from
chronic prostatitis patients was measured against samples taken from normal, healthy men.
The prostatitis sufferers semen contained 50 milligrams of zinc per milliliter.
The normal samples contained an average of 448 milligams per milliliter more than nine
times that of the prostatitis sufferers.
In another study, 200 male patients with prostatitis were given zinc supplements. With
doses of 11 to 34 milligrams a day over four months, more than 70 percent of the men
reported that their symptoms disappeared.
In St. Louis, a Washington University School of Medicine study indicated that zinc has
antibacterial properties that may protect the prostate from infections. However, men
already infected with bacterial prostatitis did not respond to zinc therapy.
The U.S. government’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) of zinc is 15 milligrams per day
for adults. In fact, one study (funded by the National Cancer Institute) found that men who
were taking a supplement of zinc daily decreased their risk of prostate cancer by 45 percent
Shellfish is the best dietary source of zinc. Oysters contain between 70 and 100 grams of
zinc a piece and their reputation as an aphrodisiac is legendary! As a daily supplement, men
should take no more than 30 milligrams of zinc each day. Not all zinc taken into the body is
absorbed, and too much may interfere with the body’s processing of minerals like iron and
Other sources of zinc include eggs, cheese, legumes, seeds, nuts, peas, corn, carrots, brown
rice, garlic, onions, wheat germ, whole grains and brewer’s yeast. However, eggs and
cheese should be eaten in moderation. Their fat and cholesterol content have been linked to
heart disease.
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