A healthy prostate is important to a man’s overall health and well-being.
In recent years, men’s health issues, including awareness of prostate health, have become more openly discussed, and fortunately are topics now brought to the attention of the general public.
Problems associated with prostate health usually emerge after the age of forty, but it is not uncommon for problems to arise even earlier than this.
Prostate problems include enlargement, painful prostate, infection, disease and cancer.
Nearly all men will experience prostate enlargement if they live long enough. When the prostate is enlarged, it causes excess pressure on the urethra, the small tube that allows urine to be passed from the bladder out of the body.
This can lead to trouble urinating, and for some is not only frustrating but painful, causing discomfort. For many men, difficulty in passing urine is the initial sign that there might be some trouble.
Frequent urination in only small quantities, especially at night, is another sign that something might be wrong.
This can lead to another frustrating problem, interrupted sleep. If left untreated, inability to urinate can lead to renal failure.
The following is a list of symptoms that are often related to poor prostate health and should be investigated further.
These include a burning or painful sensation upon urination, difficulty starting the urine flow, weak flow of urine, a full feeling bladder, especially after urination, waking at night for frequent urination or pain in the genitals, lower back or groin.
All of these symptoms should be investigated further.
Prostate problems should be addressed by a physician. Investigation can include blood, stool and urine tests.
Routine check-ups are recommended for all men over the age of 50 and involve a digital rectum exam to look for any signs of enlargement.
Blood tests such as the prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) test can be a useful indicator for an increased risk of cancer.
If the levels indicate that there might be a problem, a biopsy may be requested to gain further insight into the problem.
Early detection is the key as prostate cancer can be curable if detected early enough to commence effective treatment.
Maintaining good prostate health is a far better choice than not doing so, and can be easily achieved by leading an overall healthy lifestyle, maintaining a regular exercise program and eating a balanced diet.
And, if you are a man over 50 years of age, you should have annual prostate checkups so that if there is a problem, you have the benefit of early detection.