Protecting the Prostate

The prostate gland, which is about the size of a walnut, is wrapped around the urethra, or small tube that carries urine to the bladder. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it can lead to problems. What causes this to happen? Most likely, researchers say, hormonal changes are to blame. The good news? Research shows that there are things you can do to help support the prostate, including:

Taking nutritional supplements
Eating a high-fiber, low-fat diet
Consuming lycopene-rich foods like watermelon and tomatoes
Getting regular medical checkups, especially after age 45
Using a natural progesterone cream for men over 40

Fascinating Fact: More than 50 percent of U.S. males between the ages of 49 and 59 have an enlarged prostate. The American Cancer Society recommends that men get a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE) annually, beginning at age 50.

Seven Signs of Prostate Enlargement

These can be important indicators if you experience the following symptoms while urinating:

  1. Pain
  2. Strain
  3. Dribbling
  4. Hesitancy
  5. Decrease in force
  6. Sensation of bladder not emptying
  7. Higher frequency, especially at night
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