Over a third of men over the age of 50 will experience some issues relating to the health of the prostate, statistics from the National Health Service in the UK, and yet it is a part of the anatomy most men are very unfamiliar with.
What is the prostate? The prostate is a small gland found only in men. It surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body). It sits just below the bladder and the opening of the vas deferens (tube that carries sperm up from the testicles to the urethra).
What issues does it face and why? The prostate can become enlarged, a common occurrence in men over 50, and can put pressure on the urethra and effect the ability to urinate. It can become inflamed and sometime infected by bacteria. This is most common in men between 30 and 50. It is also susceptible to cancer. There is evidence to show that chronic tension caused by stress directly impacts the health of the prostate. Stress weakens the ability for the body to fight infection and lowers levels of minerals such as zinc, which causes enlargement of the prostate.