Anthony from New York writes:
I am a 56 year-old dealing with prostate issues. My doctor has treated me for prostate infection and says it’s just a swollen prostate- no cancer. What can I do to help with performance and not having to pee so much at night?
Not to worry. Welcome to your 50’s! Prostate issues typically go together with some of the aging process. However, not all is lost. Our primary hormone called testosterone, as we get older, affects the prostate. There is a byproduct molecule of testosterone called DHT that causes some of these challenges. It causes men to lose their hair and the prostate to swell. Many studies have shown that the prostate does well with great nutrition. The standard medications that are available have good results as well. So what can you do? Making sure that your DHT levels stay at bay should be your primary concern. There are great ways that research has said you can support this vital area.
Consider these options after consulting with your pcp:
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Saw Palmetto
- Nettle Root
- Beta-Sitosterol (found in Avocado’s)
All of the above have great research and you can check with your local health food store to find different brands and options. There is still great debate whether too much testosterone or not enough could be the culprit. However, one area we definitely know is that reduction of DHT can yield great results in the battle to keep the prostate healthy. Also keep in mind that resistance exercise is important for healthy hormone levels and general support in all areas of our body.