MALE PROSTATE HEALTH
* Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
* Erectile Dysfunction
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
A combination of connective tissue, gland and muscle, the prostate provides the power that propels the semen through the urethra and out the penis. The prostate plays a key role in men's sexuality, providing more than 90 percent of his ejaculate, including the enzyme-filled fluid called semen required for fertilization of the ovum. The health of the prostate is key for maintaining lifetime potency and virility.
The prostate needs male hormones to function. The main male hormone is testosterone, which is made mainly by the testes. As men age, the prostate can become enlarges. This enlargement, in turn, can be the source of much suffering and embarrassment. Indeed, prostate enlargement, which your doctor may call benign prostatic hypertrophy or hyperplasia (or BPH), is the most common prostate disorder.
Men who have an enlarged prostate commonly begin producing a toxic form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Interesting, DHT is also linked to hair loss. In the case of the prostate, excess production of DHT is closely linked with enlarged prostate tissue.
Symptoms include difficulty starting and stopping urination, frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom, and the unsettling feeling that, although you've tried, voiding simply isn't complete. These all result when theprostate squeezes and pinches off the urethra, and the bladder outlet becomes obstructed.
By age 60 at least half of all men are suffering from symptoms of an enlarged prostate. For some men, there may be only a minor discomfort and the symptoms can be stoically shrugged off as simply a condition of aging. Other men, for whom the symptoms are more severe, however, require medical help. Some cases of BPH are actually prostatitis.
Impotence is a consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Medical professionals often use the term "erectile ddysfunction" of ED to describe this disorder and to differentiate it from other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse, such as a lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation and orgasm.
Impotence can be a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. These variations make defining impotence an estimating its incidence difficult. Experts believe impotence affects between 10 and 15 million American men. In 1985, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey counted 525,000 doctor-office visits for erectile dysfunction. But this is probably a significant underestimate of the extent of the problem, since many men are too embarrassed to seek help and because the population is rapidly aging.
What is the truth about men's impotency? Some experts suggest 90 percent of cases of erectile dysfunction in men over the age 50 are due to physical factors, such as a health condition like diabetes or heart and circulatory disease, injury, or drug side effects. Any disorder that impairs blood flow in the penis has the potential to cause impotence. This is buttressed by the Massachusetts Male Aging Study which found that both psychological and organic factors affect the burdensome problems of aging, particularly men's potency. Incidental rises with age: about 5 percent of men at the age of 40 and between 15 and 25 percent of men at the age of 65 experience impotence.
As men age, their sexual function is impaired by the same types of atherosclerotic processes that cause heart disease. That is why for so many men erectile dysfunction should be taken very seriously. It is often an early warning sign of heart disease.
Like the arteries to the heart, when the vessels leading to the sexual organs clog up with plaque, blood flow is impaired. This makes achieving an erection difficult and also leads to poor sensation.
Natural remedies may require "longer to bring about a result," says Thomas Kurzel, N.D. However, he adds that, "botanical medicines offer many of the same therapeutic benefits as drug therapies without the sometime severe side effects."
The prostate gland and seminal vesicle (the male appendages) form a unit embryologically, anatomically and functionally. The prostate, an organ which is well supplied with blood and normally undergoes periods of congestion, is the central point of this organ system, and is liable to be afflicted with acute or chronic infections. Approximately 30 percent of males between the age of 25 and 40 years with prostate complaints have true prostatitis and 30 percent a genitor-anal syndrome, the remainder having other pathological prostatic conditions. Because of the similarity of symptoms, it is difficult even for expert to differentiate the various clinical syndromes.
Aside from the typical complex of complaints, acute prostatitis is often accompanied by fever and chills. In addition to analgesics, therapy includes high-dosed chemotherapy with antibiotics. Should the inflammation not be brought under control, a prostatic abscess or other condition may develop into a chronic inflammation.
Chronic prostatitis, on the other hand, proceeds blandly and without fever. It is often the residual condition following acute prostatitis, although it may also ascend along the ducts or spread via the blood.
That is why the healing protocols are so important, since they can permanently resolve the problem by attacking the problem at the root cause, which is often inadequate immune and endocrine system function.
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