Prostate Health

The prostate is a walnut-sized muscular gland that plays an important role in the male reproductive system. It weighs about 30 grams and produces some of the ingredients in semen.

Prostatic fluid, for example, is the milky fluid that protects the sperm, helping them become more mobile and prolonging their life span. About 30 percent of the fluid you ejaculate is prostatic fluid, which contains ingredients like zinc, enzymes, and citric acid.

There are several conditions affecting the prostate. One of the most common concerns is benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is enlargement of the gland. Since the prostate wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries pee from the bladder, when the prostate swells in size it can put pressure on the urethra and create difficulties urinating.

An enlarged prostate can be a sign of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and typically develops in those aged >65 yrs. Thus, it is important to go to your doctor for yearly physical and notify your doctor if you experience any symptoms of frequent or trouble urinating.

In this section we will go over the best lifestyle practices to implement to keep your prostate healthy, as well as signs to watch for that could indicate prostate dysfunction.

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