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      Take Control of Your Prostate Health

      The prostate is notorious for causing problems as men age.  With Prostate Cancer Awareness Month coming up in September, now is a good time for men to check in with their health and prostate screenings. The three most common issues are an enlarged prostate (BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia), prostatitis (prostate infection), and prostate cancer.

      Over 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms of BPH include nighttime urination, urinary frequency or urgency, or the inability to maintain a good urine stream. Symptoms of prostatitis include pain and burning with urination, rectal discomfort, and fevers/chills. This condition can be serious at times – therefore, it is important to get quickly evaluated and start antibiotics.

      While there aren't many ways to prevent BPH or prostatitis, you can take control of your symptoms by limiting how much coffee and alcohol you consume, drinking plenty of fluids, urinating when you first feel the urge, and doing exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles. Fruits and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants that can help in fighting infections or inflammation, so be sure to integrate them into your daily meals.

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