Men’s Health Month: Prostate Health
Every man has a prostate – but surprisingly, many men have no idea where it is, what it does and when something is wrong.
June is Men’s Health Month – a perfect time to brush up on your prostate health and knowledge. The following information is designed to provide a little insight into that pesky gland which, doctors say, will affect most men at some point in their life.
The prostate is a gland that surrounds the bladder and urethra. It’s part of the male reproductive system and produces most of the male’s semen. It’s about the size of a walnut and grows throughout a man’s life.
As a man grows, the prostate gland gets larger and can press on the urethra and cause urination and bladder problems. Prostate enlargement happens to almost all men as they get older. Symptoms may include:
- Inability to urinate
- Need to urinate two or more times per night
- Pain with urination
- Weak urine stream
Prostatitis is an infection or inflammation of the prostate gland. It affects men of all ages, but especially men under 50. Symptoms include trouble passing urine, chills, fever and sexual problems. The condition is not contagious and cannot be sexually transmitted. Treatment usually included antibiotics.
Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers for men. It is very slow growing and, because of that, it may stay undiagnosed and never cause any symptoms or problems. Still, prostate cancer does kill about 30,000 men each year. Early detection is key.
Maintaining Prostate Health
The best way to prevent prostate health problems is to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes:
- Getting your prostate checked yearly after age 40.
- Eating healthy. Studies show people who have a high fat diet have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity may be a contributing factor to a number of cancers, including prostate cancer.
- Don’t smoke. Men who smoke are more likely to die from prostate cancer than men who don’t smoke.
- Drink a lot of water to flush out the bladder and kidneys. Urine should be almost clear.
Men’s Health Month is designed to increase awareness about health issues facing men today. Unfortunately, many men are suffering now from prostate cancer or other serious medical conditions that makes it impossible to work. If you or a loved one is expected to be out of work for at least a year, you could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. We can help. Call us today at 855-702-9061.