Dr. Ben Kim
you're male and over the age of 20, the best time to get serious about taking
care of your prostate gland is now. Conventional medical guidelines recommend
annual digital (finger) rectal examinations to screen for prostate enlargement
and cancer, beginning in your 41st year. In recent years, I've observed an increasing
number of men in their 20s and 30s exhibiting symptoms of prostate gland dysfunction.
three most common types of prostate gland dysfunction are prostatitis, benign
prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer. What follows are descriptions of each
of these health challenges and their most common symptoms.
is inflammation of your prostate gland that may be due to an infection or any
other factor that is irritating your prostate.
and Symptoms of Prostatitis:
in your perineal region (area between your rectum and scrotum)
sensation while urinating
urgent need to urinate
and difficult urination
sudden moderate to high fever
in your urine - on and off
three most common types of prostatitis are:
bacterial prostatitis is typically caused by an infection by bacteria found in
the urinary tract or colon.
bacterial prostatitis is similar to the acute form, but its symptoms are typically
less severe and develop more slowly.
nonbacterial prostatitis is similar to chronic bacterial prostatitis; the major
difference is that in the nonbacterial form, while symptoms are present, there
is no evidence of bacteria in your urine or in the fluid in your prostate gland.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
enlargement your prostate gland is called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
and Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia:
with starting urine flow
frequent, sometimes urgent, need to urinate
inability to sleep through the night without having to urinate on multiple occasions
at the end of urination
cancer isn't likely to kill you; you're more likely to die with prostate
cancer than you are to die of it. Prostate cancer is troublesome because
it can cause you to suffer with a number of uncomfortable symptoms for many years.
and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
in your urine
sudden need to urinate
with starting urine flow
feeling that your bladder is not empty after you finish urinating
urination at night
ejaculation (pain is felt in your perineal region)
in your lower back, hips, or upper thighs
of appetite and weight
to Care for Your Prostate Gland
exception, all of the people that I have worked with on cases of benign prostatic
hyperplasia have experienced improvement in their symptoms by reducing total food
and water intake.
on a regular basis promotes unhealthy weight gain and excess production of a number
of hormones - both are known risk factors for a variety of cancers.
optimally care for your prostate gland, avoid creating unnecessary mechanical
or chemical stress for your prostate gland. Every time you urinate, your prostate
faces mechanical stress. Eating more food and drinking more water than you need
promotes frequent urination.
more information on why drinking too much water can be bad for your health, view:
with Drinking Too Much Water
a variety of antioxidant-rich plant foods.
number of studies in the medical literature indicate that eating antioxidants
found in pomegranates, tomatoes, and broccoli may be helpful in preventing the
development of prostate cancer.
remember that everything that you put into your body directly or indirectly affects
every organ in your body, including your prostate gland. Your body is not a collection
of disjointed compartments; it is a gathering of dozens of organs that are intricately
connected in structure and function. Eat a variety of antioxidant-rich foods -
including pomegranates, tomatoes, and broccoli - to optimally nourish your prostate
view a list of healthy antioxidant-rich foods, view:
that are Abundant in Naturally Occurring Antioxidants
eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
number of studies in the medical literature indicate that regular intake of foods
that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce your risk of developing a wide
variety of cancers, including prostate cancer. To discover which foods are abundant
in omega-3 fatty acids, view:
Sense of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
large portions of protein-dense animal foods.
are several studies in the medical literature which indicate that eating fatty
foods may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. I agree that regular
consumption of damaged fats can contribute to any health challenge, including
prostate gland dysfunction. But my experience has been that reducing consumption
of protein-dense animal foods is more effective for preventing and addressing
prostate gland dysfunction than adopting a low-fat diet. Your body, including
your prostate gland, needs a steady stream of healthy dietary fats and cholesterol
to function optimally.
some people, I have found that taking this step alone - reducing intake of protein-dense
animal foods - can result in dramatic improvement in prostate function.
learn about damaged and healthy fats, view:
Fats and Oils
optimal vitamin D status.
number of studies, including one out of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard
University's School of Public Health, indicate that adequate vitamin D status
may lower prostate cancer risk.
more information on how to ensure adequate vitamin D status, and to see a list
of some foods that are rich in vitamin D, view:
healthy blood circulation in your pelvic region.
acupressure sessions for Spleen-12, Spleen-13, Bladder-27, and Bladder-34; applying
pressure to these four points can increase blood circulation to your prostate
gland. Pictures of how to apply pressure to these points can be found on page
129 of Acupressure's
Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments
sexual activity for a mutually monogamous relationship and/or masturbation, and
do not engage in anal intercourse.
measures significantly decrease your risk of experiencing prostatitis.
a penile erection and sexual activity in the context mentioned above promotes
healthy blood flow to your prostate gland.
time, having chronic, noncancerous prostate health challenges may increase your
risk of developing of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer
in men in industrialized countries. It's estimated that by age 50, about 25 percent
of the male population have cancerous cells in their prostate glands. This percentage
jumps to 50 percent by age 80. By adopting some or all of the suggestions provided
above, you may be able to significantly reduce your risk of suffering with prostate
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