Men’s Health - Anti Aging and Your Prostate
By Deborah Arnoldy - LPN, BA
Never before has the public been made more aware that prevention and preservation of our minds and bodies are the biggest keys to anti-aging than during the past decade. Since time began and reflection was discovered we have denied our genetic predisposition to aging by altering our outward appearance cosmetically. As we continue to become more educated we learn that anti-aging comes from within: eating well, avoiding and eliminating toxins, and physically participating in life. Men, I’m talking to you. Over the past 10 years you, not unlike your female counterparts, have taken cosmetic action against the exterior signs of aging by helping to support a multi-billion dollar glamour industry. First it’s the hair coloring “for men”, and then suddenly you’re reaching for the alpha-hydroxy facemask, toner and lotion when soap used to do a fine job. And yes, the reason you request the aisle seat on airplanes and in theatres becomes “just in case” replacing the former “my legs are long”. Welcome, Gentlemen, to your 50s! Since the repair your prostate may require if it becomes dysfunctional is extreme, and sometimes leaves you with more problems then you had to begin with, it needs to be preserved from the very beginning.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia / Hypertrophy (BPH), commonly known as enlarged prostate, is the silent disease among men. Afflicting over 10 million American males, BPH is a painful and embarrassing ailment that can attack men as young as 30, though most commonly begins to trouble men after the age of 50. The disease begins with an increased need to urinate (often at night), frequently coupled with difficulty in doing so. This leads to general pain and discomfort in the groin region, a feeling of residual urine in the bladder even after voiding and, in serious cases, may result in the complete inability to urinate.1 Indications of BPH may include one or more symptoms: difficult or urgent urination, frequency, incomplete emptying of the bladder, and/or poor urinary flow rate.
Anatomy and Physiology
The major function of the prostate, a gland associated with the male reproductive system, is to produce and discharge a viscous alkaline liquid that provides a major portion of the seminal fluid. This gland is made up of both muscular and glandular tissue. It produces semen to carry sperm in the ejaculate. Sperm are protected, at least to some extent, and can survive longer after ejaculation because of the environment afforded by the presence of prostatic fluid. Prostatic fluid also contains prostaglandins, which are fatty acids that, similar to hormones, affect smooth muscle fibers and blood vessel walls.
Although the prostate plays no direct role in the functioning of the male urinary system, many urinary perturbations occur when it expands via growth due to its location at the outlet of the bladder. The prostate is located in front of the rectum and below the urinary bladder. Importantly, it surrounds the urethra, a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the tip of the penis for expulsion. The gland is the size of a pea at birth and grows slowly until puberty. Driven by sex hormones, the prostate grows at a faster pace. During the 20s and 30s, the gland is characteristically the size of a walnut, weighing roughly one ounce. Around age 45, cells in the prostate multiply once more causing the gland to grow up to 10 times the normal adult size.2
There are a substantial amount of open placebo-controlled and double blind clinical trials proving the successful use of Cernitin? Swedish Flower Pollen Extracts in the treatment of chronic, non-bacterial prostatitis and BPH. Studies conducted in the United Kingdom in 1988/89 give Cernitin? a high reputation in the medical community. For the first time Cernitin? showed a significant shrinking of the prostate af