Are you a guy (or know one) that has any of these symptoms?
These are all signs of an enlarged and inflamed prostate or prostate cancer, and that hormones are out of sync.
The bad news is that the majority of men in the U.S. over the age of 50 will develop prostate problems. The good news is there are several things men can do right now to improve their prostate health.
Why Are Prostate Problems So Common?
Research from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York found as men's waistlines got bigger, the stream of their urine often slowed to a trickle. A large waistline is often characteristic of a condition called metabolic syndrome, which is also linked to heart disease and diabetes. When a man's weight increases, often swelling or inflammation of the prostate occurs, along with erectile dysfunction, frequent nighttime urination and increased risk of prostate cancer.
Weight gain, especially around the middle, usually leads to higher estrogen levels in both men and women. The increase of weight gain in the U.S. has paralleled the increased rates of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Many Americans today have excessively high levels of the female hormone estrogen because of the extra weight they carry. In short, fat cells have the ability to produce a type of estrogen that leads to inflammation of the prostate. A harmful cycle to say the least.
How Can Men Reduce Their Risk for Prostate Problems?
If men commit to losing even 10% of their body weight, they can greatly reduce their overall health risk. For example, a man weighing 250 pounds only needs to lose 25 pounds to become surprisingly healthier. Having fewer fat cells results in reduced estrogen levels and therefore less risk.(Our parent company Nutritional Weight & Wellness has an online or virtual Nutrition 4 Weight Loss program that can set you up for success to accomplish this goal.)
In addition to weight reduction, prostate health depends on good nutritional habits such as:
For additional prostate support, add key supplements such as:
Remember, food is your first line of defense for prostate problems (and most health conditions), which gives you solutions right in your kitchen and in your control. If you or someone in your life needs additional support considers making an appointment with one of the Nutritional Weight & Wellness nutritionists. It’s an affordable way to receive individual support.
For more information on prostate health, listen to our Dishing Up Nutrition episode Learn About Prostate Health & Problems with special guest Greg Peterson.