The Prostate Grows


The Prostate Grows

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra, the tube that urine flows out of. The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. One of its main jobs, along with other organs, is to add fluid to semen. This is the fluid that carries sperm.

The prostate gland starts out small and has two main phases of growth. It doubles in size during the teenage years, then continues to grow again after age 25 throughout the rest of a man’s life.

The Prostate Grows
The Prostate Grows

An excessively enlarged prostate results in a disease known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Eventually, an enlarged prostate can clamp down on the urethra and restrict the flow of urine from the bladder. This leads to problems such as:

Read about natural remedies that may improve some BPH symptoms.

FOODS

Foods To Treat BPH

The Prostate Grows
The Prostate Grows

The role of diet in the prevention of BPH and in treating its symptoms continues to be explored.

A recent four-year study in China looked at the effects of diet on BPH symptoms. Researchers found that men with diets high in fruits and vegetables — especially leafy, dark vegetables and tomatoes — had less BPH, less symptoms of BPH, and were less likely to have worsening of their BPH. Researchers believe it’s not just one nutrient, but rather the combinations found in a healthful diet and lifestyle, that are beneficial.

edically reviewed by Judith Marcin, MD onJanuary 2, 2018 — Written by Stephanie Watson and Tricia Kinman

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