Fifty percent of males over 50 years of age suffer from one degree or another of prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a benign condition that occurs when the prostate swells and pinches the urethra, which drains the bladder. According to Movember, one in six men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer. In 2013, over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the US alone.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland forming part of the male reproductive system. In younger men the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It is located immediately below the bladder and just in front of the bowel. Its main function is to produce fluid that protects and enriches sperm. It is doughnut shaped as it surrounds the beginning of the urethra, the tube that carries urine and semen out through the penis. The nerves that control erections surround the prostate.
Prostate cancer occurs when cells of the prostate reproduce much more rapidly than normal, causing a tumor. If left untreated, the cancer cells may eventually break out of the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, producing additional tumors usually in the bones and lymph nodes. Once the cancer escapes the prostate, treatment is still possible but is more difficult to treat.
One of the most worrying aspects of the disease is that most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms.
While the majority of prostate cancers have no symptoms, us.movember says advanced disease that has spread throughout the prostate (and beyond) can cause urinary symptoms such as:
- Slow Flow: Urine flow is slow and difficult to stop
- Hesitancy: Difficulty starting flow of urine
- Frequency: Need to urinate more frequently
- Nocturia: Need to urinate during the night
- Urgency: Urgent need to urinate
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Reduced ability to get an erection
- Painful ejaculation
Prostate Cancer Prevention
For many years, certain herbs and nutrients have been used, either alone or in combination, to relieve or prevent BPH. Prosta-Plex Plus is a proprietary formula based on the very latest research and testing. Four such ingredients worth highlighting are saw palmetto, bee pollen, betacarotene and DIM (DiIndoylMethane).
Prosta-Plex Plus includes a series of ingredients designed to work together to support good prostate function and help to increase urinary flow — including Beta-carotene, Vitamin C (one full gram in six capsules), Vitamin D, our proprietary blend of Glycine, Alanin and Glutamic Acid, Alfalfa Leaf Juice Concentrate, DIM (Diindolymethane), Buchu Leafe, Corn Silk, Pollen Extract and Curumin Concentrate.
- Drink more coffee. Researchers at Harvard found that men who drank six or more cups of coffee (caffeinated and decaf) were nearly 60% less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those who did not.
- Give your prostate gland a regular workout. In other words, have more sex. In 2004, the Journal of American Medical Association analyzed data on 29,342 men and discovered that men who had more than 21 or more orgasms a month were 30 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who only had 4 to 7 a month.
- Lycopene. In the 1990’s, Harvard researcher Edward Giovannucci, M.S., Sc.D., and following studies have confirmed that eating foods rich in Lycopene reduce your risk of prostate cancer. Plus, lycopene helps to lower cholesterol, keep arteries clean. Lycopene is a pigment found in tomatoes that’s more potent after they’re cooked. We recommend eating at least two servings a week, or take it as a supplement through our new and improved Cardio Advantage Plus, which contains 20mg of Lycopene per serving.
- Exercise. According to Men’s Health, staying in shape reduces your risk of fatal forms of prostate cancer by 41%. Additionally, among survivors, those who exercised vigorously (running, swimming, biking or tennis) for 5 hours a week had a 56% lower risk of death from the disease.
- Take fish oil. In studies on lab animals, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in fish oil prevented tumors. Additionally, Harvard researchers found that men who ate fish three times a week reduced their risk of aggressive prostate cancer by 25%.
- Avoid trans fats. Men with the highest blood levels of trans fats have more than twice the prostate-cancer risk of men with the lowest levels. Trans-fatty acids increase inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which may play a role in prostate cancer. Avoid commercially baked doughnuts and cookies, as well as packaged baked goods containing hydrogenated oil. Luckily, the FDA is looking to take these off the market soon. Let’s hope this happens sooner than later!
- Get tested for trichomoniasis. In a new Harvard study, men with a history of trichomoniasis were more than twice as likely to develop advanced-stage prostate cancer as those who never had the parasite. This sexually transmitted disease has no symptoms and could lead to prostate inflammation, which has been linked to cancer risk and progression. If you’ve never been tested, see your doctor. A single, 2-gram dose of either tinidazole or metronidazole can usually clear the infection.
- Eat more broccoli. Regularly eating broccoli may lower your risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. In a 2008 British study, scientists found a disease-fighting benefit from consuming just 4 servings of the vegetable a week. It’s likely that compounds found in broccoli, called isothiocyanates, can activate genes that disturb the chemical processes that may cause cancer and inflammation. One serving of broccoli is equal to 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked.