Maintaining prostate health has become an important topic for most men. The prostate gland is located at the neck of the bladder and as men age, the prostate gland increases in size. This increase in size causes a constriction around the opening of the bladder and urethra. Men may experience a change in flow, frequency and urgency or incomplete emptying due to this.
There are several nutritional and herbal supplements recommended to aid in prostate health. These recommendations are not clinically proven or recommended in place of medical management. These include:
Men should start at age 50, unless they have high risk such as African Americans or those with a family history of prostate cancer. These individuals should start their screening at 45. Screening involves a digital rectal exam and a PSA test. There is controversy regarding who and when prostate screening should be conducted, so we recommend an office visit to determine your risk.
If the enlarged prostate is causing symptoms of decreased flow or incomplete emptying, our providers can suggest medications to improve flow and decrease the size of the prostate. If a patient has been receiving medical therapy for their prostate and continues to have symptoms, he will be referred to an urologist for further surgical options.