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Prostrate Cancer – Myths And Facts

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Your prostate is “the size and shape of a walnut”
Misleading, though constantly trotted out by charities. Actually, an apricot is a far better analogy for this organ that sits in the pelvis below the bladder. Like fruits, the prostate has an indentation at the top, through which passes the tube carrying urine from the bladder. That’s why an enlarged prostate means problems peeing.

Hardly. All that most people know about the prostate is that it gets cancer. We chaps should rejoice in it a little more. Not only does it produce the fluids that carry and nourish our sperm; not only is it a complex chemical factory; it’s also the male G-spot and produces many of our sexual kicks.

Men who get prostate cancer are the unlucky minority:
Fiction. It’s not often said because it sounds frightening, but getting prostate cancer could be said to be the norm rather than the exception as men get older. Over the past 30 years prostate cancer rates in Britain have tripled, but this is because of increased detection through PSA tests and the fact that we are living longer. Knowing that you have prostate cancer in your fifties is certainly bad, but for a man aged 85 it’s largely a reflection of the fact that he has been lucky enough not to die of something else earlier. Of the millions of middle-aged men who are never tested, research suggests that a third may have sluggish, relatively harmless prostate cancer and most will never know it.

You cannot reduce your risk of prostate cancer:

Hogwash. Though it’s your genes, your ethnic background and age that are the main risk factors, eating healthily seems to have a preventive role. The Prostate Cancer Charity says that cutting down on animal fat and eating more fruit and veg may lower your chances of prostate cancer. Recent research has indicated that broccoli, in particular, protects because it changes the way our genes express themselves. The jury remains out on supplements based on extracts of tomato, pomegranate and red clover.

Masturbation prevents prostate cancer:
Probably true, according to credible recent research, which found that men who ejaculated more than five times a week (solo, or with a partner) between the ages of 20 and 50 were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer later in life – probably because their orgasms were flushing out cancer-causing chemicals in their prostate. Sex with a partner, however, may pose a small risk of infection transmission, which could cancel the benefits

Sources:Times On Line

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Drink tomato soup for super sperms

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Scientists have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colour, can turn sperm into super-sperm:………click & see

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth studied the effect of lycopene in the diet on a random group of six healthy men, with an average age of 42. The men were asked to consume a 400g tin of Heinz cream of tomato soup every day for two weeks.

The researchers, from the university’s biomedical science department, said that during the two weeks, levels of lycopene in the men’s semen rose between seven and 12 per cent, which was ‘significant’.

They added that further studies should be carried out to discover whether the same boost would be seen in infertile men. The results, published in the British Journal of Urology, said that infertile men have lower levels of lycopene in their sperm. The study suggests that higher levels of lycopene are associated with increased fertility.
It is not known what part lycopene actually plays in fertility, although it has been suggested that the antioxidant may mop up harmful free radicals in the body which can affect fertility.

Tomato products have been thought for some time to have beneficial health properties because of their high concentration of lycopene, but this is the first time they have been shown to boost fertility.

Other fruits and vegetables that are high in lycopene include watermelon, pink grapefruit, pink guava, papaya and rosehip. Lycopene has previously been identified as a potential aid in conditions ranging from exercise-induced asthma to prostate cancer. However, earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration said it has found almost no evidence that lycopene has any effect on cancer prevention. A review, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, examined 81 studies of lycopene and concluded that none produced any credible evidence to support a relationship between consumption of the antioxidant and the risk of developing cancer.

About 2.6 million men in the United Kingdom have a low sperm count and doctors have suggested a healthier lifestyle can increase the chances of conceiving. Nigel Dickie, a spokesman for Heinz said: “It’s good to know that our tomato soup could give guys extra oomph.”

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Source: The Times Of India

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Enlarge Prostate

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A man’s prostate gland usually starts to enlarge after he reaches age 40 years or middle age. This condition is called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH).

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The prostate gland, which is normally about the size and shape of a walnut, wraps around the urethra between the pubic bone and the rectum, below the bladder. In the early stage of prostate enlargement, the bladder muscle forces urine through the narrowed urethra by contracting more powerfully. As a result, the bladder muscle becomes thicker and more sensitive, causing a need to urinate more often.

The prostate gland secretes a fluid that is discharged with sperm. The gland itself surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the tip of the penis. As the prostate grows larger, it may press on the urethra. This narrowing of the urethra can cause some men with prostate enlargement to have trouble with urination. Prostate enlargement may be the most common health problem in men older than 60 years.

Causes.
The causes of an enlarged-prostate are still something that the medical field does not understand despite it being so common for men to have an enlarged-prostate when they are in their middle forties. This increase, usually as much as twenty five percent, can cause a variety of different medical issues some of which are not easy to deal with.

Although the most common factor is aging there are a few links that researchers have made among those who suffer from an enlarged-prostrate. These include the fact that more men with this problem can trace their roots back to Europe. Oddly there seems to be no link between an enlarged-prostate and a man’s sexual history. The number of lovers or years of sexual activity do appear to affect a man’s chances of having an enlarged-prostrate. As a matter of fact it is more common for this problem to occur in married men.

Symptoms:
Many men with an enlarged prostate have no symptoms. Common symptoms may include the following:
1.Difficulty starting urination.

2.Dribbling of urine, especially after urinating

3.A sense of not emptying the bladder

4.Leaking of urine

5.More frequent urination and a strong and sudden desire to urinate, especially at night

6.Blood in the urine

As well, an enlarged-prostate can cause one of three more serious conditions that affect urinating. These three are acute urinary retention, chronic urinary retention or urinary tract infections. Any of these can be a problem and eventually lead to more serious illnesses including the possibility of kidney damage. Therefore it is essential for anyone suffering the symptoms of an enlarged-prostate to be sure to see their health care provider.

Treatment:
Treating an enlarged-prostate varies with the symptoms experienced. Many men may have an enlarged-prostate but show no symptoms at all. If so then no treatment is required. Others will have urinary difficulties. Most of the others things that are recommended for these with an enlarged-prostate are tricks to help them urinate without difficulty or the suggestion on spreading out their liquid intake.

Home Remedies:

1.Try to avoid drinking more liquids after 6 pm to reduce the need to urinate frequently during the night.
2.Drink 8 glasses of water a day to help prevent bacteria from accumulating in the bladder.
3.Drink cranberry juice 4 times a day to increase the acidity of the urine, especially if you feel a urinary tract infection coming on.

Ayurvedic Suppliments: 1. Prostaid 2.Gokshuradi Guggulu 3.Chandraprabha Bati 4.Shilajeet tablets / Capsules

Diet: Hot spices are to be strictly avoided. The patient should be given as much water as possible to drink. Fresh lemon juice, fresh coconut water, orange juice, sugarcane juice and pineapple juice are extremely useful in this condition. The patient should be given fruits like apple, grapes, peaches and plums in good quantity.

Life Style: The patient should not expose himself to sun or heat. Excessive perspiration takes away lot of water from the body and the urine thus becomes concentrated. Passage of this concentrated urine through the urinary tract causes irritation and gives rise to burning sensation.

Yoga Exercise: The Locust(yoga exercise) very good for enlarge prostrate

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.

Help taken from:Allayurveda.com and 37minutes.com