You may have seen our silly moustaches on social media, but what’s Movember really about? We find that most men find ‘health’ an unnecessary subject to talk about so having a month like Movember is a great way to get men to think about their bodies and here at Mount Osteopaths that sings loudly and true with us!
So what is the Prostate? It’s a gland only found in men that sits near your bladder hidden away deep in the pelvis – through it passes the urethra, a tube channelling urine from your bladder and out of your penis.
So why all this fuss over a walnut-size gland? Well, being constantly drip-fed testosterone, it enlarges slowly and surely as men age. But you can’t feel if it is enlarged from the outside so it’s good to know some signs to look out for.
Signs of an enlarging prostate are:
1. Poor stream of urine.
2. Hesitation in starting the flow.3. Feeling of incomplete emptying of your bladder.
4. Increased frequency of passing urine (polyuria), particularly at night (nocturia).
The prostate can be easily examined by your GP who can order a blood test to check your PSA levels. PSA or prostate specific antigen is a protein which tends show up in high levels if the prostate is enlarged. Because it’s small, deep and often slow growing with age, it’s difficult to notice if things change. Movember brings an awareness to this amazing organ and prostate cancer making this month so important for men’s health. All men, regardless of age, should take steps daily to support, protect, and maintain prostate health as well as overall health. Tips include eating lots of fruits and vegetables, avoiding environmental toxins, eating healthy fats (omega 3, 6), drinking green tea (for antioxidants), and exercising regularly.
Our advice to you, and anyone else, is that if you have any worries, symptoms or uncertainties regarding your prostate, then see your GP and talk with them. For more digestible information we found this article very helpful.