Men over 40 years old, especially those of African decent, are more at risk for developing prostate problems and having poor prostate health. One major worry for men is prostate cancer. It has been said that approximately one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime during his lifetime. However, it should be noted that prostate cancer is generally slow growing and only about one out of 35 men will die from it. Nonetheless, the risk of developing prostate cancer does increase with age and therefore it is important that all men pay better attention to their prostate health as they age.
Firstly, it is important that once a man turns 40 years of age he really pays attention to his prostate health. The American Cancer Society recommends that once a man turns (at minimum) 50 years old, he should begin screening for prostate problems. Men with higher risk factors for developing prostate problems, such as those who are obese, lead sedentary lifestyles, consume a lot of alcohol or who have a family history of prostate problems, should be screened after they turn 40 years of age. Screening for male cancer generally consists of two types of tests – Prostate Specific Antigen Blood test (PSA) and a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). The PSA test measures the amount of prostate specific antigen in the bloodstream, while the DRE allows a physician to feel for any unusual growths on or around the prostate.
In addition to regular prostate screenings, it is important for men to eat healthy diets and exercise regularly. By ensuring that you get enough fiber in your diet and keep sodium and sugars to a minimum, your prostate health can be greatly improved. Adding prostate-friendly foods to your diet such as tomatoes, oily fish, soy products, cereals, grains, and fruits and vegetables is also very beneficial.
Lastly, ensuring that your hormones are in balance is very important. Saliva testing can be done to check levels of progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen. As with women, as men get older, hormonal balances can and do occur. Most often, progesterone and testosterone levels decrease, while estrogen levels increase. When this hormonal imbalance occurs, prostate problems are sure to follow. Progesterone supplements and progesterone creams can be used to help achieve hormonal balance and alleviate prostate problems that may arise.