Being male means having a prostate and just a few are interested in it, until inconvenience appears in the body.
The prostate is a gland located just below the bladder, surrounding the urethra which is the tube for urine output. Its function is to produce a secretion that is part of semen. Moreover, it contains muscle fibers having the ability to contract automatically, especially during ejaculation.
It is an organ that grows faster in some individuals than in others, for reasons that are not clearly established. This is part of normal development of the human body. However, there comes a time when the growth of the prostate begins to cause problems and there is "hyperplasia" (growth higher than desirable).
Due to the small space in the urethra, when prostate has hyperplasia, there is difficulty in the urine output. The thickening of the prostate surrounding the urethra acts as a belt that narrows the urinary duct. This results in difficulty urinating and decreased size and pressure in expulsion.
You need to see a doctor as soon as changes as difficulty or discomfort with urination or decrease in pressure gauge or urine stream appear. This allows timely action, avoiding complications.
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A study at the University of Tampa (Florida, USA) has shown that dietary supplementation with soy isoflavones in patients with early prostate cancer produces changes in testosterone levels and PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen).
For 12 weeks, 66 men with prostate cancer between 50 and 80 years were treated with soy isoflavones or placebo.
Testosterone decreased or remained unchanged in 61% of cases treated with isoflavones, compared with 33% of patients treated with placebo.
The PSA, decreased or remained unchanged in 69% of patients treated with isoflavones versus 55% of those receiving placebo.
In 19% of those who received isoflavones, the PSA decreased by two or more points during the study period. The study results suggest that supplementation with isoflavones in patients with early prostate cancer; even in short term studies (12 weeks) significantly alter proliferation markers such as PSA and free testosterone.
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