An enlarged prostate is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
So, what are the causes of prostate enlargement?
Prostate growth is a natural occurrence in men. It begins initially in puberty and then there is an additional growth spurt around the age of 25.
Prostate growth is unique to each man. Some men experience quick growth while others don’t.
There are many factors that can influence the growth of the prostate gland.
In this post we’ll look at the highest risk factors for prostate growth and cancer that are for some reason hidden from the general public.
Hormonal Changes and Prostate Growth
The normal process of ageing does actually cause the prostate to grow.
There are specific steroid hormones (Androgens) within a man’s body, that can stimulate the growth of the prostate.
Testosterone is one of these hormones.
The prostate gland produces DHT which it converts from testosterone. DHT directly stimulates prostate cell growth.
This process is natural in all men and is the fundamental cause for natural prostate growth.
The hormones Testosterone and Estrogen are in fact present in all men.
Testosterone levels reduce as a man gets older which causes estrogen levels to appear to be higher.
Estrogen levels are not actually increased but a decrease in testosterone leaves the body with a higher level of estrogen.
Estrogen is a hormone that stimulates growth in the prostate gland.
Although research has proved that the body’s hormones are responsible for natural growth, there isn’t sufficient data to conclude that its the only contributing factor.
BPH effects millions of men around the world. Around 80% of eighty year olds and 50% of men in their fifties experience some abnormal function of the prostate.
Increased prostate growth is now believed to be a natural part of the ageing process but research in other countries has proven that problems relating to the prostate are caused by other contributing factors.
A study was conducted in China in the 1920’s and the results showed that only 80 cases of BPH were found in men during the 15 year study.
Treating Prostate Conditions with Natural Remedies
Research is now confirming that one of the most overlooked, potential causes of prostate enlargement is … your diet.
The food we put into our bodies causes many of today’s diseases and life threatening health conditions.
Pharmaceutical drugs are usually seen as the only way to treat conditions such as BPH.
These drugs usually come with many other side effects which are far worse than the condition they’re actually treating.
It is possible to help the body heal through the use of the correct daily nutrition.
An enlarged prostate although uncomfortable is not necessarily life-threatening but this condition could also be the result of other serious conditions such as prostate cancer.
Studies into the autopsy’s of men over the age of 80 found that half of these men died with prostate cancer present. They had cancer but weren’t actually aware of it.
More and more research is being carried out on the effects that our diets have on conditions of the prostate such as cancer and BPH.
The study that was conducted in China discovered that meat and dairy products were not consumed in high quantities as were found in the standard American diet.
Nutritional experts from Harvard have made their concerns known regarding the hormones contained within milk and the potential they have to increase growth in hormone sensitive tumors found in the prostate and within the breast.
There has been a huge increase in prostate cancer amongst Japanese men after the second world war. This coincided with the increased intake of meat and dairy products.
A high consumption of milk and cheese is now a risk factor for prostate cancer and other prostate related conditions.
Research data uncovered by Dr Greger, in his book ‘How Not to Die’, found that eggs and poultry are also high risk factors for prostate cancer.
Dr Greger’s research noted that chicken and turkey meat is of higher risk due to the harmful carcinogens that are stored more easily in the muscles of poultry meat.
The research is pretty staggering so why is this data, this potentially life saving information kept from the public?
We’ll cover the reasons why that is in another post .
If you’re looking for natural substances that have amazing health benefits for your prostate then consider incorporating freshly ground flaxseed into your diet.
Flaxseed is natural so it comes with no side effects. It has been proven to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and other prostate related conditions as well as halting the growth of tumors.
Ground flaxseed has been proven to decrease blood pressure, reduce inflammation and also balance blood sugar levels.
With more and more studies uncovering the positive benefits of flaxseed, there would be no harm in adding it to your daily dietary intake to help strengthen and protect your prostate and overall health.