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Prostatitis is a prostate condition that will affect about 50 percent of men at some point in their lifetime. If you have had a history of prostatitis, you should be aware that there is a possible connection between prostatitis and prostate cancer. If you have or have had prostatitis, it is especially important to take measures to maximize your prostate and overall health.
What are the risk factors?
Researchers published the California Men’s Health Study, in January 2010 which evaluated the association between prostatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and prostate cancer among 68,675 men. What they found is that the men who had a history of prostatitis had a 30 percent increased risk of prostate cancer compared to men who did not have a history of prostatitis. This indicates that there may be an increased risk of prostate cancer among men who have had prostatitis.
Another study has found a connection between prostatitis and colorectal cancer. Researchers at the Taipei Medical University in Taiwan found that men with colorectal cancer were 45 percent more likely than the control group to have been previously diagnosed with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).
Knowing these risk factors can help you take steps to lower your prostate cancer risk, manage your prostatitis, and reduce inflammation. Studies show that taking anti-inflammatory agents that target the enzyme cyclooxygenase may decrease your risk for prostate cancer.
What steps can you take?
The best ways to manage prostatitis is with a multimodal whole-body approach to wellness. It is best to manage your condition with natural treatments for prostatitis, which are much more effective than traditional medical treatments such as antibiotics and other drugs.
One holistic approach that involves the whole body is Dr. Geo Espinosa’s prostatitis treatment program. Dr. Espinosa is a naturopathic urologist who specializes in treating men’s prostate health. His NPAT program involves natural treatments, phytotherapy, alternative treatments for prostatitis and total body treatments. His program recognizes that prostatitits and pelvic pain are grounded in a man’s lifestyle, diet and factors that can contribute to pelvic tension.
This program involves using supplements and other therapies that have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Some of the alternative treatments include acupuncture, trigger-point release, ice packs, exercises, physiotherapy and phytotherapy. Managing stress is also an important component of this program.
Supplements can be very helpful in managing prostatitis and pelvic pain. Phytotherapy for prostatitis involves using combined formulas of two supplements, pollen extracts and quercetin, in specific formulations. Taking pollen for prostatitis has been gaining attention from the medical community, and taking quercetin for prostatitis is one of the recommended treatments by urologists and other medical professionals due to the positive research on it. In phytotherapy, these two supplements (pollen and quercetin) combine very nicely to help restore prostate health because they each have anti-inflammatory properties that work in different ways.
Other supplements also offer more natural ways to help fight inflammation and manage urinary health. Supplements found to help with prostatitis or support immunity include saw palmetto, vitamin D3, turmeric (curcumin) and green tea.
Supplements are meant to supplement a healthful diet and lifestyle. The right diet can help you manage prostatitits and reduce your risk factors for prostate cancer. Try to eat well, including the best foods for prostate health. Eat cancer-killing foods like fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, kale and cabbage), berries, healthy fats (from nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados), cooked tomatoes and mushrooms.
Remember that having prostatitis does not mean you will develop prostate cancer. Statistically, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Knowing that you may have an increased risk gives you the opportunity to clean up your overall lifestyle and improve your health. You can do this through making lifestyle changes.
It is important to exercise regularly, eat prostate-friendly and cancer-killing foods each week, and manage your stress level. Even though certain risk factors for prostate cancer are out of your control (age, family history, race and genetics) other risk factors, like being are obese or smoking, are within your control. There are many things you can do to improve your prostate health and lower your cancer risk factors. You just have to make that commitment to your health.
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