What You Can Do Now to Prevent Prostate Issues Later

Are you worried about prostate cancer? Would you like to know what you can do now to prevent prostate issues later? Dr. Floyd Seskin is a urologist at Seskin Urology in Aventura, Florida, who can discuss with you ways to avoid prostate disease and diagnose prostate problems early. 

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a male gland the size of a walnut located between the penis and bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra, through which urine flows from the bladder to the penis, runs through the prostate’s center.

The purpose of the prostate is to secrete a fluid that feeds and protects sperm during ejaculation.

What can go wrong with the prostate?

As men age, three major things can go wrong with the prostate.

Prostate cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in U.S. men, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2019, the society forecasts 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths from the disease.

Luckily, prostate cancer is highly treatable if detected early. The most common treatments are surgery, hormone therapy, radiation, and chemotherapy. Sometimes, watch and wait is the best option when early prostate cancer is suspected.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

BPH results from growing prostate tissue that creates an enlarged prostate. When the prostate grows, it pushes against the bladder and urethra, which blocks urine flow. This is a common problem for men beginning in middle age. 

Prostatitis

Prostatitis in an inflammation of the prostate that causes pain and, often, urinary tract infections.

What you can do to prevent prostate issues

There’s no foolproof way to prevent prostate problems. But some lifestyle changes can reduce your risk.

Watch what you eat

Some research suggests that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat and dairy can reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

Keep your weight down

Obesity, defined as having a Body Mass Index of more than 30, seems to be a risk factor in prostate cancer. If you’re at fighting weight, stay there. If you’re overweight or obese, work on losing those extra pounds.

Exercise diligently

Exercise truly is the fountain of youth, and some studies show that 30 minutes of daily exercise can reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

Prostate problems don’t have to be part of your aging process. If you have concerns or questions about your prostate, contact Dr. Seskin at Seskin Urology. Call 786-584-8217 or send us a message today to book an appointment.

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