For Men Too – annual screenings highly recommended
Men under 35 or even 40 only visit the urologist if they experience problems in the restroom. The most common symptom at this age is the inflammation of the prostate gland. You should be alarmed if you have difficulty or feel pain urinating. If you neglect the problem and it goes untreated pain might set in around the lower back and lower abdomen. The root cause of the problem is the tissue structure of the prostate. This walnut-sized gland produces 90 percent of the semen, while sperms make up only 10 percent. Even the slightest excitement causes a rush of blood in the lower abdomen, which induces the prostate to secrete and store excess fluid. Naturally occurring bacteria in the stagnating secretion start to thrive on this fluid and multiply. Not only that but the fructose in the secretion starts to ferment over time and various proteins precipitate, feeding more bacteria, eventually aggravating into prostatitis – the inflammation of the prostate gland. Treatment is readily available and cures the symptoms efficiently. Mild cases can be successfully treated with herbal therapy – however, a specialist should be consulted first for proper indication!
GOOD TO KNOW
• Prostatitis can be latent, without palpable symptoms. Patients typically come to see the doctor with different problems and only a thorough check-up reveals the root cause. Hair loss and arthritic pain for instance often indicate hidden inflammation of the tonsils, the gallbladder, the ovaries or the prostate, and only a specialist can detect these inflammatory foci in the soft tissue.
• When bacteria are present in the prostate antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine are indicated.
• Tennis elbow and chronic shoulder pain could be linked to prostatitis, when antibodies – special blood protein that the immune system produces to neutralise antigens of intruding bacteria in the prostate gland – travels in the blood stream and precipitates in the joints.