DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PROSTATE ENLARGEMENT?
Ahead of Men’s Health Week (June 13 to 19) nutritional therapist Caroline Peyton shares some tips to help men dealing with the condition
7 Diet Tips for Prostrate Problems
On the eve of Men’s Health Week (June 13 to June 20) leading up to Father’s Day on 19th June, nutritional therapist, Caroline Peyton, is sharing tips to help with a prostate condition that affects one third of men over the age of 50.
Prostate enlargement or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is not cancerous. That said, it’s a common problem for many men who feel embarrassed about it.
If the prostate becomes enlarged, it can act like a clamp and impede the flow of urine. That impeded flow means men can find they need to urinate more often. They often get up several times in the night. There may also urine leakage and urinary tract infections.
Caroline, who runs her clinics in Wiltshire, the Cotswolds and online said: ‘The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. Ergo, sex hormones play a significant part in BPH development and progression.
‘The DHT hormone (Dihydrotestosterone) is a stronger form of testosterone, which encourages growth and oestrogen also plays a role. Diet can help to control these hormones.’
Caroline’s 7 Diet Tips for Prostrate Problems
Here are Caroline’s seven tips around die that can help with the management of BPH:
1. Avoid a high fat diet, particularly from saturated animal and dairy fats
A 2008 study of 4,770 men over a seven-year period found that men who received more than 38% of their calories from fat were almost one-third more likely to develop BPH than men who received less than 26% of their calories from fat.
2. Eat more vegetables
Studies have found men who eat more vegetables are less likely to develop BPH. This is particularly the case for vegetables rich in beta-carotene:
Broccoli and winter squash
Also, lutein (kale, spinach, broccoli, peas, parsley, peppers) and vitamin C (yellow and red peppers, parsley, tomatoes, peas, broccoli). There is a trend here! This was not the case for fruit -see blood sugar below.
3. Eat pumpkin seeds
Historically, folk medicine has used pumpkin seeds as a treatment for urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. This is now backed up by research.
A 2014 one-year German study found that, overall, men with BPH given 12 months of treatment with pumpkin seeds led to a clinically relevant reduction in BPH scores compared with a placebo. Add pumpkin seeds to cereal like porridge and to salads or simply snack on them.
4. Include foods containing phytoestrogens every day
These aren’t for women alone! These plant compounds block more harmful natural oestrogen that can exert a negative effect in the male body that can lead to prostate growth. You’ll find them in soy (particularly fermented like tempeh and tofu), lentils, flaxseed, pulses, celery and oats.
5. Take enough zinc
Zinc is often lacking in the modern diet, and at much lower levels in those with BPH. It plays a part in blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT. The best food sources are oysters, chicken legs, pumpkin seeds, tofu, lentils, sesame seeds and eggs.
6. Keep blood sugars stable
Take care to keep blood sugar levels stable as excess blood glucose can raise insulin which, in turn, could lead to increased levels of DHT.
Switch refined starchy carbohydrates for wholegrains and keep portion sizes low. Always eat protein with meals and minimise sugary fruit like grapes, bananas, tropical varieties and dried fruit. Avoid fruit juices which are very high in sugars.
7. Foods containing beta-sitosterol may reduce the inconvenience of urinary frequency
You’ll find that in plant-based foods, so eat a vegetable-rich diet – soya, olives and olive oil and flaxseeds. Saw Palmetto is the most well-known therapeutic agent for BPH and it is rich in beta-sitosterols.
For more information about Caroline Peyton, visit: https://www.peytonprinciples.com.