What is the prostate gland?
The prostate gland is an organ of the body that produces a hormone or a body fluid that is then used elsewhere.
The future of mankind depends on the prostate gland! The prostate’s main function is the production of seminal fluid. This fluid supplies the sperm with nutrition after ejaculation. Without this fluid the sperm would not survive their journey to meet the ova and mankind would rapidly become extinct.
Where is the prostate gland?
The prostate gland lies directly below the urinary bladder. It encircles the uretha, which is the urinary tube from the bladder to the penis. It is usually less than 25gm in size which means it is about the size of a walnut. However, the prostate can enlarge markedly and become the size of a grapefruit.
What can go wrong with the prostate?
Many things can go wrong with the prostate, but the most common problems can be divided into four groups:
1) Benign Prostatic Enlargement
This is not a form of cancer but is very common in men over the age of 60.
2) Prostate Cancer
This is a cancer that begins in the prostate gland and has the potential to spread throughout the body.
This is an inflammation or infection of the prostate.
This is a condition which is not readily understood, but which may be related to
Is there anything I can do to prevent prostate problems occurring?
Many recent studies have shown that the foods we eat may have an effect on the development of prostate problems.
A diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, fish oils, soy products, lentils, beans and cereals is potentially helpful in reducing the risk of being troubled by prostate disease. Red meats and animal fats seem to increase the risk of prostate cancer.
A healthy diet is always recommended for any condition.