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Prostate 101: Know the Facts

June 11, 2018

Prostate 101: Know the Facts

Until something goes wrong, men are mostly clueless about their prostate. This complex gland is vital to men’s health and procreation.

Do you know the ten functions of the prostate?

Here they are:

  1. Gland. In its role as a gland, up to one-third of the alkaline fluid in semen ejaculate is produced and secreted by the prostate.
  2. Blender. To successfully journey into the acidic vaginal environment, sperm and fluid from the testicles are mixed with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) fluid.
  3. Muscle. Because the prostate forcefully pumps semen into the cervix of the vagina to enable procreation, it’s also considered a muscle.
  4. Sensation. The pumping action causes an amazing sensation for men that encourage sex and procreation.
  5. Pleasure Center. Yes, the prostate is the male’s G-spot! It can be stimulated to produce very strong responses.
  6. Filtration. The prostate filters and removes toxins to keep sperm viable and healthy. Toxins come from food, environment, and lifestyle choices.
  7. Erections. Nerves alongside the prostate help the penis swell and harden. Damaged nerves equate to erectile difficulties and/or possible impotence.
  8. Secretions. The prostate does its best to protect the urethra from urinary tract infections.
  9. Valves. By virtue of its location just below the bladder, the prostate has two sphincter muscles that act as gatekeepers preventing urine from mixing with ejaculate during orgasm.
  10. Hormones. The prostate produces a crucial enzyme named 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts the body’s testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone essential to sexual drive. Toxin overload can effectively reduce this enzyme’s production.

As men age, prostate issues can arise: prostate cancer, enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and inflammation or prostatitis.

Every 18 Minutes a Man Dies from Prostate Cancer. It’s the second leading cause of death by cancer for American men. Presently, 2.9 million American men are living with prostate cancer and just to put that number into perspective - that’s the population of Chicago! It’s estimated another 165,000 men will be diagnosed in 2018. However, early detection and new treatment methods offer a five-year survival rate of nearly 100 percent.

Nearly half of all men carry latent cancerous cells in their prostate by mid-life. For some, cells remain small and dormant with no effect. On the downside, other men are hit with life threatening tumors. While the cause of prostate cancer is still a mystery, risk factors are clear:

  • Age. As a man ages, his risk rises steadily.
  • Family History. A man with one direct relative (father or brother) who has prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop the disease. Those with three or more relatives have almost a 100% chance of developing prostate cancer.
  • Race. Being African-American means a 65% likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer while Asian-American men have the least likelihood.
  • Diet and Obesity. Diets high in saturated fats and meat, coupled with obesity, have the highest links to this disease. Those who follow a plant-based diet have significantly lower risk.

Middle-aged men are more concerned about prostate enlargement, aka benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). By the time a man is in his 50s and 60s, a noticeably enlarged prostate gland can block the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out of the body. BPH may cause difficulty urinating, frequent urges to urinate at night, or a feeling the bladder is not completely empty after urinating.

Painful Inflammation, or Prostatitis Commonly Affects Men Under Age 50. Pain around the prostate can result from bacterial infection, urinary tract infection, or nerve damage due to surgery or trauma. Each situation demands immediate medical attention to insure proper diagnosis and treatment.

So what can be done?

Luckily to support a healthy prostate, QOL offers ProstaCell®, formulated by Dr. Aaron E. Katz, a noted clinical investigator, author of Dr. Katz’s Guide to Prostate Health and presently Chairman of Urology at NYU Winthrop Hospital. This dual-action supplement protects prostate cells and supports a strong urinary flow.*

Prostate health is influenced by risk factors outside of our control -- increasing age, race, and family genetics. But we can change habits and make better lifestyle choices. Consider what you eat, be more physically active, maintain a healthy weight, get regular physical exams and limit exposure to known toxins like tobacco, alcohol and unprotected UV radiation.

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