Prostate Health Prostate health is a concern for men once they reach the age of 40. As men age, the possibility that they will develop an enlarged prostate increases. The prostate is located below the bladder and it surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows from the bladder. When it is enlarged, it can push against the urethra, pinching it and causing it to narrow. This results in a number of urinary discomforts such as an urgent need to urinate, increased frequency of urination, some difficulty when beginning to urinate, difficulty stopping urinating and a feeling that the bladder has not completely emptied, to name a few.
Although the initial symptoms of prostate enlargement may be considered minimal and only slightly bothersome, proactive care can help reduce risk for more serious complications. Drinking lots of fluid keep retained urine in the bladder diluted and reduces the risk of bladder infection. Eliminating or consuming very little caffeine, spicy and acidic food is beneficial as these foods irritate the prostate. Diet rich in soy is helpful. Maintaining a healthy weight can ward off enlarged prostate. Men with larger than 43 inches (109 cm) waist line are more than twice as likely to have enlarged prostate. Walking also help relieve prostate problem symptoms. Furthermore, dietary supplements can aid general prostate health. Zinc and B vitamins control the hormonal processes that may contribute to enlarged prostate.

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