by Dr. Ebi Ofrey CEO GeroCare
As men age, the prostate gland may become a source of concern. However, with a few simple lifestyle changes and regular check-ups, seniors can take charge of their prostate health and maintain their quality of life. In this article, we’ll explore what the prostate is, why it’s important, and what seniors can do to keep it healthy. Read part 1 here
What is the Prostate?
The prostate gland is a small, walnut-shaped organ that is part of the male reproductive system. It sits just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body. The prostate produces a fluid that helps to nourish and protect sperm during ejaculation.
Why is Prostate Health Important?
The prostate can cause problems as men age, especially when it becomes enlarged or develops cancer. An enlarged prostate can press on the urethra, making it difficult to urinate, while prostate cancer can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. That’s why it’s important for seniors to take care of their prostate health and seek medical attention if they notice any changes in their urinary habits or experience pain or discomfort.
How Can Seniors Take Charge of Their Prostate Health?
- Maintain a Healthy Diet. A healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of prostate problems. Seniors should aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. They should also limit their intake of red meat, high-fat foods, and sugar. Drinking plenty of water can also help to flush out the urinary system and keep the prostate healthy.
- Exercise Regularly. Regular exercise can help to keep the prostate healthy and reduce the risk of prostate problems. Seniors should aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. They can try activities like walking, swimming, or yoga to stay active and maintain their overall health.
- Quit Smoking. Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, so seniors should quit smoking if they haven’t already. Quitting smoking can also help to reduce the risk of other health problems like heart disease and lung cancer.
- Get Regular Check-Ups. Seniors should see their doctor regularly for check-ups and screening tests. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test can detect early signs of prostate cancer, while a digital rectal exam (DRE) can help to detect any abnormalities in the prostate.
Prostate health is important for senior men, but there are many things they can do to maintain it. By eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and getting regular check-ups, seniors can take charge of their prostate health and enjoy their golden years to the fullest.