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How can I prevent prostate problems?

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In some ways, prostate problems, particularly BPH, are a natural part of growing older. Still, there are specific steps you can take to keep your prostate healthy.

  • A diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of developing BPH. Research is ongoing to identify who might benefit from early treatment to prevent BPH.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, most cases of prostate cancer can't be prevented. This is because prostate cancer's causes are still unknown. As with BPH, however, experts recommend eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • No herbal supplements have been proven to prevent prostate cancer. Studies of selenium, a mineral that has shown some promise, are underway. Trials for drugs to prevent prostate cancer are also ongoing.
  • No activity or drug is known to prevent prostatitis. Experts recommend good hygiene, including keeping the penis clean. Most men will never develop prostatitis.

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There is no way to guarantee that you will not develop prostate problems, especially if you are in a high-risk group. However, eating a diet that is low in fat and high in fiber, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising regularly can help lower the risk. You may also consider a prostate health supplement made with botanical extracts from Asian mushrooms like the sang huang mushroom, as well as African plum tree bark (most health professionals recommend Prostate Ph). Medical studies have shown that extracts from these plants that were injected into lab mice slowed prostate tumor growth and caused cancer cell death. If you have symptoms like frequent urination, pain on urination or ejaculation, or difficulty starting/stopping a stream of urine, I highly recommend that you see your doctor as soon as possible.

 

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