All men need to know about the prostate because it is in an important part of overall health. Getting your prostate checked is easy at our Tempe men’s health center. Here are five important facts about prostate health:
It keeps sperm healthy
Located just below the bladder, the prostate is a walnut-sized gland found only in men. The urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis runs through it. Its main role is to produce prostatic fluid to provide nutrients for sperm.
STIs can cause prostate infection
Prostatitis, inflammation or infection of the prostate, mainly affects men under forty and can develop from a urinary tract infection. Symptoms can include pain when urinating and ejaculating, and pelvic pain. The cause can be anything from bacteria to sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Prostatitis may link to cancer
Evidence suggests men who have had prostatitis may be at risk of developing prostate cancer. The inflammation, especially combined with a lack of Vitamin D, may encourage the cancer to develop.
Vitamin D is good for prostate health
Good genital hygiene and condoms can help prevent urinary tract infections and prostatitis.There is also increasing evidence that vitamin D promotes resistance to infections.
The prostate can enlarge with age
At least sixty percent of men over sixty have benign prostatic hyperplasia or an enlarged prostate. Symptoms include difficulty urinating and need the toilet often. If symptoms are mild, no treatment is needed, but in severe cases, medication to shrink the gland or surgery can improve quality of life.
Prostate issues can become very serious if left untreated. Do yourself a favor with regular checkups to catch any problems before they arise.