Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH—an enlarged prostate gland—affects 80% of older men, but like many other Western chronic diseases it appears to be a consequence of our diet.
If a healthy diet can slow down the abnormal growth of prostate cancer cells, how about the abnormal growth of normal prostate cells? Benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH, enlargement of the prostate gland, which surrounds the urethra as it exits the bladder. If the gland gets too big it can cut down on the normal flow of urine. So you can be left with hesitant flow, a weak stream, inadequate emptying of the bladder, so you have to keep getting up at night drain off as much as you can at a time. Can leave you dribbling, irritated Can lead to urine retention, so you got a stagnant pool in there that can get infected. Ejaculation problems. In the Untied states, it affects about 50% of men in their 50s; 80% of men in their 80s—it's an epidemic!. 16 million American men
And then, it tends to just get worse, growing larger by the day. A billion dollars a year are spend on drugs to treat it, another billion on supplements. Surgery is up next, lots of different rotorooter-type techniques with innocent sounding acrynyms like TUMT, TUNA, and TURP disguising the rather unpleasant reality. The T's stand for transurethral, meaning up the penis, with an instrument that looks like this—a resectoscope. Then you’re left with words like microwave thermotherapy and needle ablation. They just tunnel up there and start burning. Sometimes they use lasers to burn out a shaft. And these, are the.. “minimally invasive” options. The gold standard remains Transurethral resection of the prostate where they just go up there and core it out with a loop of wire. Side effects include: "postoperative discomfort." Ya think? …
There’s got to be a better way. It's so common in the Western world that most doctors just assume it's just an inevitable consequence of aging. But let’s look around the world. In China, a medical college in Beijing reported there was not 80% of the population affected, but about 80… cases, period. 84 cases over a 15 year timespan. It used to be considered a rare occurrence in Chine, but the incidence of both BPH and prostate cancer started “rising quickly”, and now, the incidence of prostate enlargement in China is similar to that in developed countries. Why? Well the researchers suggest its for the same reason as their skyrocketing cancer rates, a shift from their more traditional plant-based diet to one with more animal protein and fat. So BPH may be like heart disease, a natural consequence not of aging, but of eating an unhealthy diet. It's may only be standard to get an enlarged prostate and die of a heart attack for those eating the standard American diet.
People eating healthy diets, may be familiar with TVP, textured vegetable protein (used for making a mean veggie chili) blissfully ignorant, that for others, the acronym may stand for transurethral electrovaporization of the prostate.
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The reference to diet affecting the growth of prostate cancer is covered in Tuesday's Developing an Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay, with a follow-up in yesterday's video-of-the-day Is It the Diet, the Exercise, or Both?. Until today I only had one BPH video, Just the Flax, Ma'am, in which flax seeds were found to work as well as the leading drug without any of the adverse side effects. In tomorrow's video-of-the-day, Prostate Versus Plants, I'll explore other foods that have been found to help. Then on Monday, Prostate Versus a Plant-Based Diet, will replicate the prostate cancer experiments with normal prostate cells to see if eating healthier can also slow their growth. I have more than twice as many videos on women's health compared to men's health, but these next few days will help close the gap!
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