As men get older, the chance of prostate problems increases significantly. The most common of these is an enlargement of the gland, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Symptoms of BPH
- Increased frequency of urination
- Waking during the night to go to the toilet
- Stop-start urination
- Feeling that you still need to go following urination
- Post urination dribble
Another health issue that can affect men with age is erectile dysfunction (ED). This is often linked to cardiovascular complications, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Symptoms of ED
- Inability to achieve or maintain an erection
How to Avoid These Conditions
The risk of developing these conditions can be reduced and symptoms improved in a number of ways –
ED can be tackled by reducing factors that contribute to high blood pressure and cholesterol, such as stress, smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption. Obesity is a strong risk factor for ED, so maintaining a healthy weight is important.
BPH symptoms can be improved by avoiding red meat and high fat foods, and increasing protein and vegetable intake.
Exercise and fitness also play an important role in controlling cardiovascular disease, ED and BPH.
This mineral is vital for the health of the male reproductive system, and is perhaps the most important nutrient for sexual function. Alcohol consumption is known to reduce the body’s zinc level, which could lead to a deficiency.
The berries of this palm tree have long been used in traditional North American medicine as a male tonic for enhanced libido and relief of prostate related conditions. In tests, it has been found to be as effective as prescription medication for BPH.
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Published November 20, 2012
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