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Andropause in men, the prostate connection.

Updated: Jun 7

"Men's health often does not become an issue until the fifth decade of life and after. That connects this phenomenon to Andropause and hormonal changes. Most commonly it relates to the prostate and causes urinary issues. Urinary frequency and urinary retention which leads to recurrent infections and so on.

The prostate separates urinary function from sexual function. The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ whose main function is to secrete prostate fluid, one of the components of semen. The muscles of the prostate gland also help propel this seminal fluid into the urethra during ejaculation .

Like all organs and glands of the body, the prostate is subject to neurological and hormonal regulation. One of the biggest trouble makers for the prostate is INFLAMMATION. Yes, you have heard it before, inflammation causes so many health problems. What are common prostate problems? For men under 50, the most common prostate problem is prostatitis. For men over 50, the most common prostate problem is prostate enlargement. This condition is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Older men are at risk for prostate cancer as well, but this disease is much less common than BPH. (More information about prostate cancer is available from the National Cancer Institute.)

What causes this inflammation of the prostate? Some kinds of prostatitis may be caused by bacterial infections which need to be treated by a Medical Doctor usually with antibiotics. In my clinical experience, many cases of prostatitis, but especially prostate enlargement is caused by hidden food sensitivities, sensitivities to food chemicals and environmental chemicals and the effects of residual hormones from non-organic meats.

What can be done to reduce this inflammation? Lifestyle changes: a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet with organic foods and chemical free foods is the most obvious and direct strategy. I recommend my complementary and alternative technique called the SHOW Method to desensitize the body to the many inflammatory triggers, including gluten, dairy, nuts etc. The SHOW Method can identify sensitivities and then change genetic expression of sensitivities and allergies. In addition you want to be aware of latent infections, sub-clinical infections (anywhere in the body) and focus your immune system on the eradication of these infections. This is the other component to the SHOW Method and the IMAET System. Immune Modulation, providing FOCUS to the Immune System.

Is BPH a sign of cancer? No. It’s true that some men with prostate cancer also have BPH, but that doesn’t mean that the two conditions are always linked. Most men with BPH don’t develop prostate cancer. Check with your Medical Doctor to rule out cancer.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition in older men characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland, which can lead to urinary symptoms. Genetic factors have been implicated in the development of BPH, and several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been identified that may contribute to the risk of developing this condition.

HOXB13 : The HOXB13 gene is known to play a role in prostate development. Variants in this gene, particularly the minor allele (T) of SNP rs138213197, have been associated with an increased risk of BPH. Many genes partake in the function of the prostate gland. As for BPH, one of the better supplements to help detox the aromatic hormones from the prostate is Chrysin. A sensible dose is 3 capsules twice a day."

Author: Dr. Bernard Straile, DC

Disclaimer: The information and other content provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This article is Dr. Straile's opinion and does not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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