“I’ve got a prostate the size of a honeydew and a head full of bad memories.” ~ Jerry Stiller
Gentlemen – do you know why you have a prostate gland? If you answered no, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey of more than 3,000 men by the European Association of Urology and Boston Scientific, just one in four men over the age of 50 know what their prostate does.
The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland located just below the bladder in the male body. It sits around the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis.
The prostate produces some of the fluids contained in semen. This liquid contains special enzymes and hormones that help sperm cells function properly.
It’s common for the prostate to enlarge as men age. In fact, many men over the age of 50 experience a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is swelling of the prostate. The prostate can expand to the size of an apricot or even a lemon.
For some men, an enlarged prostate doesn’t create any symptoms at all. Others will find that an enlarged prostate can cause:
- difficulty passing urine
- the need to urinate suddenly, without the normal build up
- waking frequently during the night to go to the toilet
- pain or burning when urinating
- pain when ejaculating.
Prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate, is due to irritation or infection. It’s different from an enlarged prostate, though some of the symptoms are similar. Prostatitis can cause the prostate to become swollen and tender.
Symptoms of prostatitis can include:
- needing to urinate urgently, often in the middle of the night
- pain when urinating or after ejaculation
- blood in the urine
- lower back pain
- pain in the rectum
- a feeling of heaviness behind the scrotum
- urinary blockages
Bacterial prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection, and can be treated with antibiotics. Another type of prostatitis is chronic prostatitis, or chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Doctors don’t know what causes this condition, but it can be triggered by injury, nerve damage, or stress.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. An estimated 191,930 men in the United States will be diagnosed this year, 60 percent of those cases in men over 65.
Men with prostate cancer can experience some of the following symptoms:
- needing to urinate frequently or suddenly
- finding it difficult to urinate, including trouble getting started or maintaining a strong or steady flow
- feeling like the bladder isn’t empty after urination
- pain, burning, or discomfort during urination
- blood in urine or semen
- pain in the lower back, upper thighs, hips, or chest
- weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
- unexplained weight loss
- exhaustion, shortness of breath, dizziness
- rapid heartbeat
- pale skin.
Bio-Touch has been shown to relieve symptoms related to prostate issues. While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to medical protocols. Family members and friends can learn to help each other feel better using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects.
The Bio-Touch organization is offering a workshop on prostate cancer LIVE on Facebook on Thursday June 25th at 6 pm Tucson, Arizona Time. Workshop attendees will have a presentation by Steve Liu, L.Ac. and then learn the points needed to address prostate issues. Click here for more information.
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