According to Oxford advance learner’s dictionary, prostate is a small gland in men near the bladder that produces a liquid in which sperm is carried.
Like some women who suffers menopause at age 40, some men also suffers prostate at age 40. And if you are at the age, never get or feel ashamed to talk to your trusted friends/family members about it, because every problem in life has a solution and it depends on how you manage it.
it is estimated that more than half of the North America male population over 40-60years of age has prostate enlargements and 95% of those who have reached their 80’s will suffer from prostate.
If you must know, prostate shape is like an inverted pyramid, which lies in the lower abdomen under the bladder. It is more peculiar to male but related in tissue type to the female breast. At the time of birth, it is not much larger than an almond. However, with the onset of puberty, it grows to be as big as a chestnuts.
Prostate is made up of a well-muscled capsule with in which are found 30 to 50 sac-like glands. This glands produces the prostatic fluid, without which man would almost be infertile. The tissue within the gland is folded, allowing for expansion and storage as the fluids is produced.
After a male reaches puberty, the sacs begin producing a small amount of fluid each day, which is normally voided with the urine if he has no sexual relations.
Not all prostate functions are known, but its primary purpose seems to be to produce the fluid that nourishes millions of sperm cells and provides them with a medium to swim in. It is however vital for a man’s fertility. It can also cause him problem as he gets older.
The warning signs of prostate
Scientific studies has shown that, passing through the urethra is the tube that drain the bladder herein lies the problem. If the sacs within the prostate gland became infected, inflamed, irritated or congested with fluid, they may press on the urethra and hinder the elimination of urine. The same is true if the gland itself becomes enlarged.
The early symptoms of this problem usually are almost unnoticed and are much the same regardless of the basic cause. The sufferer may have to get up once or twice during the night to visit the bathroom, something he did not have to do before.
Gradually, he has to get up more frequently despite feeling an intense need to urinate, the stream is weak and hesitant. He has a feeling of fullness even though he has just been to the bathroom. Now the prostate is making its existence known in a painful, irritating and sometimes embarrassing way. Understanding why will help me as well as their wives to handle this problem.
The prostate problem
Many things can cause prostate and it can be discussed briefly:
- Prostatitis: this is an inflammation of the prostate gland and may be either infectious or congestive. Bacteria, such as from a venereal disease like gonorrhea or from an infection in another part of the body, could contribute to inflammation in the gland such infections occur in any age group after the prostate gland reaches its adult size. Congestive prostatitis is more perplexing. This condition is linked by some doctors to sexual activity and erotic thought. Dr. Stanley Brosman of the University of California School of Medicine suggests two reasons for this problem: “Irregularity of sexual activity” and ” inability of the prostate to empty itself during ejaculation”. Why the prostate gland does not clear itself, remains a mystery.
Enlargements: Strangely, as a man grows older, the prostate gland may start enlarging. Besides, numerous research has been made, doctors are still baffled as to why this happens. Some suggest that it was due to Changes in the body’s hormones. Enlargements may possibly no problem for something men.
Cancer: Prostate Cancer is among the most common cancer in men. The problem is that,it seldom detected early. The cancer usually grows slowly and most men dies of other cause before prostatic cancer proves fatal. Locating prostate early is a regular, annual checkup by the doctor, including a rectal examination. With a rubber-gloved finger, making the doctor feel part of the gland and determine if there are any hard, button like noodles, which could mean cancer. If any spots are found, further tests will be performed, including a biopsy, to determine if cancer sells are present.
Medicine: If prostatitis is caused by an infection, antibiotic treatment is usually used. Doctors may also recommend a restricted diet. Like Dr. Harvey Gordon say “I do believe that the irritative symptoms in posterior urethritis are indeed aggravated by the infection of alcohol and spicy food. Moreover, I suspect that coffee may be similarly indicted”.
Surgery: Cutting away some of the prostate gland can take the pressure off the urethra as different surgical operation/procedure are used. As long as the nerves behind the prostate are not damaged, a man will remain potent and he may be infertile, reason being that, surgery on the Prostate may damage the spincter muscle that normally closes at the neck of the woods f the bladder. As a result, semen will now follow the course of least resistance into the bladder, where it will ne voided with the urine.
Cancer Treatment: When cancer was discovered, different forms of treatment are available depending on the state of growth. No single treatment has proved best, but among those available are hormonal treatment, radiation and laser or conventional surgery. With surgery, the gland is removed resulting almost in
Diet: interestingly, studies have been made that shows the prostate to be a major center for the concentration of zinc in the body. When a man’s diet is inadequate in the prostate gland begins to lose this trace element, and some researchers link this with a variable of prostate problem. Many men claim to have found relief for their troubles with the aid of a dietary supplements of zinc.
Dr Monroe Greenberger a New York Urologist discussed this form of treatment and advised that:”To the man who is reaching the age where prostatic problem are most likely to plague him, good diet is essential……. Although much of the value of zinc, vitamins and diet to prostatic health is still in the explanatory stage and the statistics are not conclusive, the evidence is convincing enough for me to sit up and listen carefully, ever- and this is important in all self -care-never rely on diet, vitamins or minerals for good health . “See your doctor regularly”.
Finally, it may surprise you that prostate is never a sickness just as menopause in women is never a sickness. Prostate is a marvel of God’s creation and without it in men, there will be no procreation. So out of respect for his own body, and God’s design, every man must take steps to keep his prostate gland healthy by no having multiple sexual partners (having sex with every woman that comes his way).
Note: prevention is better than current.