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The prostate gland is a tube, which surrounds the urethra, which transfers urine from the bladder outside and is located just below the bladder. It plays a major role in secreting the fluids that are nurtured by the sperm during ejaculation. The different disorders that can occur with the prostate gland are:
- Prostate cancer
- Prostate infection
- Prostate enlargement

The prostate begins to enlarge, once a man advances in years with malignant or benign tissues. Medically this is termed as “Benign Prostatic hypertrophy” or “BPH” as is generally referred to by doctors.

Diagnosing BPH
This is done by conducting a urinalysis, rectal examination checking for infection or inflammation in the discharged fluid, a PSA or “prostate specific antigen” blood test and quite often with an ultrasound.

We are now aware that PSA can predict the size of the prostate and whether it is cancerous. If the PSA shows up very high, it follows that the prostate is that much larger, resulting in higher urinary problems that are likely to need immediately surgery. It is necessary to check out the possibilities of cancer attacking the prostate. One has to worry about an enlarged prostate when the number reaches 1.3 to 1.5.

Nowadays, one can easily diagnose enlargement by doing an Ultrasound. It is possible to check the size of the bladder and view how the bladder is emptied. This is a painless method and the device used is handheld.

When a man reaches 55 years of age, there are about 4% chances of contracting enlarged prostate (also known as Benign Prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Nearly half the men contract BPH by the age of 60. At the age of 85, nearly 95% men suffer from this problem. Diet does play an important for men.

Certain factors, including diet and supplements, were found to give rise to problems connected with the prostate gland in an article in the medical journal. The following facts were noticed with regarding to BPH:
- Avoiding “belly fat”. Engaging in plenty of physical activity
- Maintaining a diet that is low in fat
- Taking a minimum of five serving of vegetables every day
- Taking two shots of alcohol every day

Apart from this, the following nutrients were specified:
- Consume vegetables containing Vitamin C to lower the risk.

This is present in vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, kohlrabi, cauliflower, snow or snow pears, tomato, Brussels sprouts, kale and vegetable juices.
Foods that contain higher levels of zinc such as oysters, baked beans, crabs, lamb, lean beef and duck.

An interesting fact was that one could consume plenty of fruits without worrying about developing BPH. However, there was no proper record of the effects of a protein enriched diet. There were confusing results, where men who ate red meat every day showed increased risks of developing the condition and yet again, those who took protein-enriched foods showed less risk of contracting the problem. There was no proof to determine, whether herbal and dietary supplements played any major role in preventing BPH.

In conclusion, it is safe to assume that if one exercised regularly, refrained from putting on excessive weight ate a variety of vegetables per day and reduced the intake of fat, they could enjoy an occasional drink and keep prostatic problems at bay.

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