Aging, stress and chemical toxins possibly arising from the use of chemical products, such as dye, polluted water and food contaminated with heavy metals; genetics and infection have been identified as some of the factors that can cause the enlargement of the prostate gland.
Nowadays the world seems to depend a lot on chemicals. We spray insecticides and pesticides to kill harmful insects in our homes and to protect us from diseases, as well as to protect the crops on our farmlands from being destroyed by insects. We eat crops preserved with pesticides that contain a chemical known as polychlorinated hydrocarbon, which also accumulates in organs in the human body, such as the adrenals, the liver and the prostrate, and causes them to become diseased.
The chemical toxins also exist in some food products, such as fruits and vegetables exposed to such pesticides, large fish and stock fish from polluted fish farms.
Infections, especially sexually transmitted diseases, affecting the prostate gland are another major factor that can lead to prostate cancer. Therefore repeated infections from sexually transmitted diseases, apart from narrowing the urethral passage and reducing sperm count, may lead to enlargement of the prostate. Eating a diet full of saturated fats and red meat, drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking is said to be bad for the prostrate. Tobacco contains cadmium, which is a heavy metal that increases the activities of 5-alpha reductase enzyme. The enzyme converts testosterone to the active form called DHT, which is responsible for the abnormal enlargement of the prostate gland. Alcohol increases the level of the prolactin hormone. This will increase the level of testosterone intake by the prostate gland, which eventually leads to its enlargement.
What can be done to prevent the enlargement of the prostate?
Early diagnosis by rectal examination at the doctor’s clinic can be very helpful in detecting prostate enlargement. A very sensitive test was recently conducted for early detection of prostate enlargement by checking the level of a substance called Prostate Specific Antigen, which can detect an overactive prostrate. High PSA levels might give a clue to likely prostrate problems. It is recommended that one should have a medical examination annually to rule out prostate enlargement.
Men are advised to take multivitamins that contain extra zinc along with Vitamins C, D and E, which are rich in antioxidants. Zinc is good for the prostrate because it is required in the normal functioning of the gland. Prostrate secretion contains a high quantity of zinc. Zinc removes the toxin cadmium and also inhibits the secretion of 5-alpha reductase, which is a toxin. A clinical trial dose of 150mg of zinc daily for two months and a subsequent 50-150mg per day has recorded a 74 per cent success in treating abnormal enlargement of the prostrate.
Prostate cancer patients have low levels of Lycopene, which is one of the major carotenoids present in light yellow or deep red fruits and it aids the absorption of Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant.
Lycopene is found in fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce and pastes, as well as in watermelon. There is a growing amount of data supporting the claim that a diet rich in lycopene may help to prevent various chronic diseases, including cancers of the lungs and prostrate. Other non-prescription alternatives for benign prostrate enlargements are the mineral Saw Palmetto, a handful of pumpkin seeds chewed once a week, drinking plenty of water and eating a diet high in fibre. As men grow older, they can actively take care of their health and safeguard against prostate cancer by eating a diet high in fibre. Fibre binds to testosterone and eliminates it from the system.
They can also reduce the cholesterol in their diets by reducing saturated fatty acid found in palm oil and groundnut. Instead, men should increase their consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids from such sources as cod liver oil, geisha, mackerel and when available, salmon. Garlic, onions and cabbage have also been known to be beneficial.
Elderly people should also go to bed early the same time each night as irregular sleep disturbs the melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, which controls our sleeping hours or circadian rhythm and this affects the androgen receptors of the prostate gland.
If the prostate is enlarged, doctors can prescribe drugs to reduce its size. They are referred to as Anti-androgens. Such anti-androgens like flutamide, nilutamide and bicalumide have also been prescribed to reduce the circulating level of testosterone. The most recent addition is the use of hormone therapy called LHRH analogue to reduce the size of the enlargement and treat some advance cases of prostate cancer.
A new report published on October 26 2015 gave an insight to role of genes in prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men. It is not yet possible to accurately distinguish between ‘indolent’ prostate cancers, which need little, if any treatment, and ‘aggressive’ cancers, which require intensive interventions.
In a new research published in Oncotarget, a multi-disciplinary team at Nottingham, Weill Cornell Medical School, Lund University in Sweden and Copenhagen University in Denmark, have identified a significant gene called miR137 that is switched off in prostate cancer cells.
The lead researcher at Nottingham, Dr Nigel Mongan, said: “With many men continuing to die from metastatic prostate cancer, there is an urgent need to develop new ways to enable the early identification of aggressive cancers when such tumours remain localised within the prostate gland when surgery is most effective. We also need to make sure that men with indolent disease do not receive unnecessary treatment which can lead to urinary continence and sexual dysfunction.”
The Mart-Life Detox Clinic has recorded many success stories in men whose ages ranged between 65 and 75 years and who were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Modern Mayr medicine has been able to help them get rid of environmental toxins within 10 days of therapy and improve their feeling of well-being. This therapy, used concurrently with monthly depot injection of LHRH agonist, has helped to significantly lower the PSA level to normal or near normal by the end of the third monthly injection.
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