The prostate, a walnut-size gland located just below the bladder, is the source of many male urinary problems, including cancer, benign enlargement, and inflammation (prostatitis). Urinary tract infection, lifestyle habits and a high-fat diet seem to predispose a man to some of this problems. But often, factors that are beyond our control are more instrumental.
As men age, the prostate tend to enlarge, a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). About one-third of all men over 50 experience this non-cancerous enlargement that can cause severe obstruction of urinary flow.
Prostate cancer, with an estimated 18000 new case a year is the most common male malignancy. If treated in early stage, it is highly curable.
THE ROLE OF DIETDiet may play a role in maintaining prostate health and may help ward off cancer.
Consume Plenty ofTomatoes and tomato products, red grape fruit and watermelons for lycopene. A recent study found that Lycopene appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Vitamin E. It is known to reduce inflammation and may protect against prostate cancer. Men especially smokers, who have low levels of vitamin E appear to be at increased risk. Good source include vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, and wheat.
Fruits, vegetables and whole grains for antioxidants.
(more reason to grow your own fruit and vegetables)
Drink plenty of fluids.
LimitFatty foods especially animal product
- Alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and other substance that irritate the urinary tract.
- Excessive weight gain