Steps to Prevent BPH
 

How to Cure BPH

How to cure BPH is a question asked by many men looking to get help with an aging prostate and increase their prostate health. Even though an enlarged prostate is common, there are many steps you can take to help prevent development of BPH.

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 Achieve and Maintain Healthy Weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of BPH, so it’s important to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Specifically, men who carry excess weight around the weight and hips are especially susceptible to developing BPH. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to lose excess pounds if you need help. Following some of the other environmental and lifestyle factors, including those concerning diet and exercise, can help you drop excess pounds.
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 Avoid Additives and Preservatives. Refined and processed foods are a mainstay of the Standard American Diet (SAD), and these foods typically contain many additives and preservatives that can be detrimental to overall health and your prostate health as well. Some additives have been found to cause cancer in animals and allergic reactions in humans. Even though many of the additives and preservatives in foods have been classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some experts and organizations, including the Centers for Science in the Public Interest, have placed many of the substances on an “avoid or best to avoid” list.
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 Avoid Toxins to Help Cure BPH. The environment presents an abundance of toxins in various forms that can have a negative impact on overall health and prostate health in particular. An Australian study, for example, found that exposure to toxic metals at a non-substantial level increased the risk of BPH, and a nonsignificant excess risk for BPH was seen after exposure to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). (Fritschi 2007) Another environmental toxin, bisphenol-A, better known as BPA, can leach into food from food packaging materials and plastic containers. A Chemical Heritage Foundation study published in November 2009 stated that “New research on very-low-dose exposure to BPA suggests an association with adverse health effects, including breast and prostate cancer, obesity, neurobehavioral problems, and reproductive abnormalities.” (Vogel 2009) Also avoid use of over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants. These medications can worsen BPH symptoms. (Medline Plus)
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 Choose Plant Protein Over Animal Protein. A balanced diet that includes a variety of plant foods can provide all the protein you need. Research has also demonstrated that plant foods high in protein such as beans and legumes are associated with a reduced risk of BPH (Bravi 2006) and that soy isoflavones may also help prevent BPH (Yang 2009).
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 Control Diabetes to Help Cure BPH. If you have diabetes, it is important to keep your blood sugar levels under control, both for your general health and for your prostate as well. High blood sugar levels and obesity, two common characteristics of people who have diabetes, are also risk factors for BPH.
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 Control Fat Intake. Eating a low-fat diet is an excellent way to help cure BPH. When you limit your intake of total fat, especially saturated fats in meat and dairy, you can help reduce your risk of developing BPH.
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 Don’t Hold It. When you feel an urge to urinate, don’t hold it. Holding back from urinating can worsen BPH symptoms and also lead to urinary tract infections, because the longer you refrain, the more chance bacteria have to develop into an infection in the bladder.
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 Drink Green Tea. Hot or cold, green tea is a delicious way to help prevent BPH. Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins that travel to the prostate and help regulate the production and activities of hormones and lend a hand in the management of BPH. (Liao 2001)
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 Enjoy Lots of Fruits and Vegetables. Fruits and vegetables, especially organic, are rich sources of phytonutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and fiber, which help fight inflammation. A number of studies support adding more of these important foods to your diet on a daily basis to reduce the risk of developing BPH.
Exercise
 Exercise to Help Cure BPH. Exercise has several positive effects on the prostate in general and for men who have BPH or for those who are trying to prevent it as well. A review of 14 studies that evaluated the impact of exercise on BPH found strong evidence that physical activity helps prevent development of BPH. (Sea 2009) Specifically, exercise can (1) Increase blood flow the pelvic region, allowing the body to eliminate toxins and other wastes efficiently; (2) Decrease stress, thus relaxing prostatic tissue; and (3) Reduce excess abdominal weight, which increases overall lower body pressure and in turn relaxes the prostate/rectal region, improving blood flow into and out of these areas. In another study, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine evaluated eleven studies that examined the impact of exercise on BPH and lower urinary tract symptoms. They found that compared with men who had a sedentary lifestyle, those who participated in moderate or vigorous exercise had up to a 25 percent reduced risk of BPH and urinary tract symptoms. (Parsons 2008)
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 Hydrate Yourself. There’s a caveat with this prevention recommendation: while it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking pure water, watch your intake. Do not drink a large amount of water at any one time, and do not drink anything after 7 PM to avoid having to get up often during the night.
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 Limit Alcohol. Alcohol acts as an irritant in the bladder and prostate, resulting in frequent urination. Although there is some evidence that moderate alcohol intake may actually reduce the risk of BPH, avoiding alcohol is recommended. An alternative is to consume in moderation: stop after the second drink.
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 Limit Caffeine and Spicy Foods. For men who have BPH, spicy foods and caffeine both can irritate the bladder and prostate, causing urinary symptoms. Coffee, power drinks, and hot, spicy foods are best avoided or at least significantly limited.
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 Maintain Hormone Balance. Because hormones play a significant role in an enlarged prostate, especially dihydrotestosterone (DHT), it’s important to maintain a healthy hormone balance. Men can ask their healthcare provider for a blood test to check their hormone levels (e.g., testosterone, DHT, estrogens). It’s important to note that factors such as alcohol use, exercise, lifestyle (including diet, food additives, and exposure to other toxins), stress, sexual activity, and weight loss can all have an impact on hormone levels, so there are many things men can do to help maintain hormone balance.
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 Have More Sex. Sex is generally considered to be a healthy activity for the prostate because the more the prostate is called into service, the more likely toxins will be cleared out through ejaculation, which reduces the chance of developing problems with the prostate, such as BPH. Sexual activity also reduces stress and quiets activity of the central nervous system, which helps to maintain erectile function and healthy penile tissue and contributes to overall wellness. For some men who already have BPH, sexual function can be affected. In a study of 131 men with BPH (ages 55 to 74), the participants were divided into two groups: those with severe symptoms of BPH and those with milder symptoms. Among the men with severe symptoms, 44.2% had erectile dysfunction compared with 13.1% in the mild group. Therefore, while sexual activity can be a healthy activity, it can present a challenge for some men who have BPH. (Baniel 2000)
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 Stay Warm. Cold weather can have an adverse effect on BPH by worsening your symptoms. The relationship between the development of lower urinary tract symptoms and cold weather appears to be related to an increase in activity in the sympathetic nervous system when it is cold. This causes an increase in smooth muscle tone in the prostate, which can make symptoms worse.
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 Social Support. More than 50% of men older than 50 suffer with BPH, yet they often believe they are the only ones who have this condition. However, knowing that many men share their plight may not be enough—men may need to share their concerns and experiences, as well as seek advice and camaraderie with others. Men can get support from a good friend or family member, and there are also online support groups, forums, and chat rooms available.
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 Try Natural Supplements. A number of natural herbal and nutritional supplements may help with prostate health. Talk to your healthcare provider about taking supplements for your prostate health, including beta-sitosterol, cranberry, curcumin, DIM, green tea extract, pollen, pygeum africanum, quercetin, saw palmetto, stinging nettle, and vitamin D.
 

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