As a man, you’ve probably heard of the “prostate gland” more times than you can count. It’s even more likely that you’ve heard of prostate cancer. As far as most men know, it’s the equivalent of breast cancer in women. However, outside that, many are clueless. In the most basic terms possible, the prostate is a gland that is about the size of a walnut. It is only found in men and it is located very close to your bladder. Beyond this, however, there are a couple of interesting things that you should know about the prostate gland.
1. The prostate is indispensable for fertility
Many people actually believe that the sole contributors to their fertility are the testicles. While the testicles are indeed key players in sperm production, they are not the only investors interested in continuing the human race through you. Your prostate gland assists in the production of semen. This slippery, milky fluid then provides nutrition for the sperm cells. Without it, sperm cells will die and without healthy and active sperm cells, a man is considered infertile.
2. The prostate gland grows bigger with age
The reason behind this is not entirely known. However, it doesn’t change the fact that the older you get, the bigger your prostate gland becomes. Initially, it is the size of a walnut. Small, harmless, and functional. However, it’ll have a growth spurt in your teenage years during puberty. Afterwards, it will remain dormant till your mid twenties. While the prostate gland growing bigger is relatively normal, an excessive amount of growth could mean cancer. As such, it is important to occasionally go for a checkup, uncomfortable as it might seem.
3. There are three major conditions that can affect the prostate gland
Like every other part of the human body, the prostate gland is far from invincible. It is prone to three major health conditions. The first is Prostatis. This condition occurs when the prostate gland becomes inflamed. More often than not, it’s caused by an infection. Thankfully, you can treat it with antibiotics. The second is Benign Prostatis Hypertrophy (BPH). The phrase translates into “enlarged prostate” in layman terms. As the translation suggests, it refers to when the prostate becomes abnormally big. The implication of this is that it could get so big that it starts stifling the flow of urine, causing discomfort and infections. The third is the well-known prostate cancer. This is an entirely different topic on its own but it is a form of cancer that affects the prostate. It is one of the most popular types of cancer in men. Thankfully, it can be treated and it isn’t too likely to cause death if detected early.
How do you care for your prostate?
This little gland in our bodies requires just as much attention as everywhere else. Among all else, you need to eat right, especially if you’re an older person. We’d advice that you go for fruits and vegetables that have high antioxidant levels. However, above that, always go for medical checkups. It helps you to find out if anything is wrong as early as possible.
The role of the prostate absolutely cannot be ignored in humans. As a man, you should never neglect to take care of the gland.