In my last Post, Series 1, I touched on 10 functions of the Prostate Gland, and the need to keep it healthy by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
In today's Post, I am going to discuss Causes of Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer.
Let me start by saying that Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer affect ONLY MEN, while Fibroid affects ONLY WOMEN.
Causes of Enlarged Prostate -
About 50% of men, about 30 years and above, develop Enlarged Prostate. While about 90% of men who are over 80 years also develop the ailment.
Most men do not have symptoms, but as they advance in age, the symptoms manifest.
If all men were to live long, a lot of them would develop the disease.
So what exactly is this ENLARGED PROSTATE? And what causes it?
In actual fact, the Prostate Gland is small from the onset, as described in Series 1. However, in most men, it gradually becomes enlarged, as they advance in age.
It gets to a stage when the gland becomes greatly enlarged. And this enlargement of the Prostate Gland is referred to as "Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)."
However, Report has it that the prostate has two stages of growth as follows -
1. Every man, at puberty, experiences the first stage.
This first stage is nothing but an increase in size of the Prostate Gland, making it double.
This increase doesn't cause any pain. It causes no problem and is perfectly normal.
2. Now the second stage, starts when a man is about 30 years of age.
When this second stage starts, the growth is more pronounced, causing pains and other symptoms.
It is this second stage that heralds Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
As the ailment advances, the Prostate which has become greatly enlarged, presses hard on the Urethra.
Remember, it is the Urethra which conveys urine from the Bladder, out through the Penis.
The Prostate, in view of its enlargement, making it press hard on the Urethra, causes blockage of flow of urine through the Urethra. This causes a restricted flow of urine from the Bladder, from time to time.
In other words, the patient can only urinate a little at a time. And since that is the case, he finds himself having to visit the bathroom within short intervals, to urinate.
Apart from frequent urination, other complications like urinary dribbling, urinary retention, urinary tract infection, etc, occur.
However, please note that although Enlarged Prostate can be serious, it is not Prostate Cancer.
BUT, there is an increased risk of the patient developing Prostate Cancer if the ailment is not treated in time. Please take note of this.
Apart from age, mentioned above, other possible causes of Enlarged Prostate are as follows:
1. Testosterone, a male hormone, and a little amount of Estrogen, a female hormone, are produced by men. As a man grows older, the amount of Testosterone active in his blood reduces, leaving a higher amount of Estrogen.
Thus the higher amount of Estrogen within the Prostate, according to some Studies, is likely to have increased the activity of some substance, consequently promoting Prostate cell growth.
This is likened to women in their childbearing age, developing fibroid when the Estrogen hormone is dominant.
2. Also, there is a Second Theory, namely, that a male hormone known as Dihydrotestosterone plays a vital role in the development and growth of the Prostate.
According to some Research, older men produce and accumulate in the Prostate, high levels of Dihydrotestosterone, irrespective of reduction in levels of blood testosterone.
Unfortunately, according to some Scientists, the accumulation of Dihydrotestosterone encourages Prostate cells to grow. Opinions however differ on this issue.
Scientists also report that some men do not produce Dihydrotestosterone, and so do not experience Prostate problems.
3. There is a third theory, namely, that changes usually occur in the cells of the testicles which could cause growth of the Prostate.
It is true that when the testicles of a man who has Enlarged Prostate are removed, this causes the Prostate to shrink in size.
Also, there are even cases of men who had their Testicles removed at a young age because they had Testicular Cancer.
These set of men do not experience Enlarged Prostate.
There is no doubt therefore, that the Testicles plays a role in Prostate development.
Haven said that, I hope you are honestly not considering having your testicles removed?
Not to worry as Supplements to Prevent and Cure the ailment are available.
Causes of Prostate Cancer -
Now what about Prostate Cancer? What causes this deadly ailment in men?
Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, from about the age of 50 years.
Some cells in the Prostate become abnormal, signalling the beginning of Prostate Cancer.
The cells grow and divide rapidly than normal cells do. The abnormal cells live while other cells die.
At this stage, the abnormal cells accumulate, form a tumor, and continue to grow, invading nearby tissues.
Some abnormal cells eventually break off and spread or metastasize to other parts of the body.
In some cases, growth may be initially slow, not causing any serious problem. But in other cases, growth is rapid and aggressive.
It is opined that the aggressive type needs urgent medical attention, and the slow type may not need much treatment.
However, I beg to disagree with that point of view.
On the contrary, I advise that both the slow and aggressive type be quickly nipped in the bud.
Anyway, not to worry. There are healthy options for PREVENTION and CURE.
In Series 3, I will touch on Prevention and Cure for Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer.
You sure would like to take necessary precautions against these deadly ailments.
So therefore, look out for Series 3.
Stay Healthy Always And Remain Blessed. Love You All.