Hey guys, have you ever stopped to think about what kind of environment your prostate would like most? Probably not, right? Well, now is your chance and here are some suggestions to help optimize the environment where that organ calls home.
Where is it and what does it do?
The prostate organ is a gland that produces and secretes fluid to nourish and transport sperm. It is a part of the uro-genital system, functionally located between the bladder and the penis, and wrapping around the urethra. Since the prostate shares its environment with several other organs, it can be quite susceptible and impacted by infections, circulation issues, nerve damage, and trauma directly or indirectly.
How would I know I have a prostate problem?
Issues with the prostate commonly present with symptoms affecting urination or ejaculation. However, it is also common to have symptoms extend beyond urinary and sexual dysfunction to more broadly manifest as pain in the lower back, pelvis and hips, or affect bowel movements. All of which can have a significant detriment to quality of life.
Should I be worried?
Fear of cancer is usually the biggest worry for those that experience prostate related issues. It remains the number one cancer that affects men. With the help of early detection initiatives, improved testing measures and better treatment options, the death rate associated with prostate cancer has been declining over the past 20 years. As awareness and scientific advancements continue, we should hopefully see a longer life expectancy of those that do develop prostate cancer.
Cancer is not the only cause of prostate issues though. Other prostate related disorders continue to be prevalent and can greatly affect quality of life and overall health.
The good news is that all prostate problems, not just prostate cancer, have a better prognosis when detected and treated early. There are also ways to help prevent or delay onset of issues that can be implemented at almost any age.
What factors influence prostate health?
The blood circulation in the lower abdomen is greatly associated with movement of our legs and is negatively impacted by sedentary lifestyles. Additionally, excess mass around the midline and in the lower abdomen places an increased strain on circulation moving through the hip and groin. Pull or strain in the lower back from excess mass or injury can also negatively impact nerve communication with the organs of the lower abdomen. Therefore, the following lifestyle changes can be made to improve circulation and nerve communication to the prostate:
- Sit less – if your work requires that you are seated, get up and move whenever possible, and when you are at home, refrain from sitting as much as possible.
- Elevating your legs higher than the level of the heart for 15 minutes at the end of the day can help improve circulation in and out of the legs and lower abdomen.
- Reduce excess visceral mass of the waist area – this can be challenging and not only addressed through diet and exercise, coaching, counselling and other support options are available
- Treatment for lower back, hip or pelvis injury and pain – this can be with acupuncture, physiotherapy, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and other interventions
In the case of the prostate gland, circulation not only refers to blood movement but also to fluid. This includes both seminal fluid and urine. The prostate is functionally positioned between the bladder and penis. Swelling or blockage of the prostate can affect both the release of urine and ejaculate. Similarly, the unobstructed flow of urine and ejaculate is important for the prostate. Infections of any kind to the uro-genital system can cause inflammation to the prostate or affect its function, they should not be ignored.
So guys, if you have been experiencing some changes to urinary flow, or a lower back pain that you are not sure where it came from and it hasn’t resolved, or changes to your ejaculate or erectile ability, it is time to get these things checked out. Early detection is key.