Top tips to maintain a healthy prostate!
It’s important to understand your prostate’s health not just for your own sake but also for all your family and friends around you. Some people are more prone to prostate issues than others and yes, there are measures you can take to protect your prostate.
But first of all, it’s important to recognise some of the symptoms that might be a tell-tale sign that there’s a prostate issue, either benign (non-cancerous) or cancerous (malignant). For example, if you’re frequently rushing to the loo and weeing more than usual, especially at night or if you’re straining to wee and it feels as if your bladder isn’t emptying properly then it’s probably worth having your waterworks checked by your GP or specialist urology consultant.
The other thing is that some men are more prone to prostate issues than others. Black African and Caribbean men and those who have a history of prostate issues in their immediate family (father or brother) are at a higher risk. Generally prostate issues occur in men over the age of 50 (indeed 70 – 74 is the average age of men with prostate cancer). Why is this? Because as men get older their prostate can enlarge (this doesn’t mean it’s cancerous) and its size can restrict the full function of your waterworks causing issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
What can you do to help yourself?
Eat well and live well. Try and eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day; you’re looking for fruits and veg that contain lycopene (an antioxidant) such as tomatoes, carrots and grapefruits. Steer away from white bread and chose whole grain bread, cereals and pastas instead. Limit your red meat and processed meat consumption, getting into healthier sources of protein such as fish, chicken, eggs and beans. Enjoy your nuts such as almonds and Brazil nuts and chose healthy fats such as olive oil and avocadoes. Try and avoid high salt content foods and especially processed and ready meals.
Basically eat and drink better, watch your portion sizes and manage your weight. Research shows that the overweight and obese are more prone to prostate issues than those who are a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
However, if you’re still concerned and want to find out more or have your prostate health checked contact the team here at Baddow Hospital on 01245 474070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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