Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#Prostate #Health Exams - Protecting from #Prostatecancer

by: Alan Brown
As you begin to get older, many men begin to wonder about their prostate health. Prostate health is all over the news and media, and you may even know someone that has been diagnosed with prostate cancer over the past few years. If you are worried about your prostate health, or want to find out ways to help protect it, you have come to the right place. We will go over what this important gland does, and discuss the different options that you have in protecting your prostate health.

First, you must understand what the prostate actually is. It is a sexual gland, about the size of a walnut that is located around the base of the bladder and urethra. It essentially, hugs the tube that carries urine out of your body. This partially muscular, partially glandular organ produces a slightly alkaline substance that is present in semen.

It is important to understand that there are many problems with prostate health that aren’t life threatening. So if you feel that you may have a problem with your prostate, usually shown by a difficulty to urinate, it is important that you seek medical advice. Prostate disease is a condition that can vary from individual to individual. Some simply have an infection that can be treated with medication; others have an inflammation of the prostate tissue, while others simply have an enlargement of the prostate gland. While all of these many indicate cancer at a latter point, they don’t necessarily mean cancer right off the bat.
Getting a diagnosis is the first step to improving your prostate health. Your doctor may perform one or more of the following tests to access the situation. Most of them are painless or may only be uncomfortable. Discuss your options with your doctor if you have a low threshold for pain.
• DRE (digital rectal examination). The physician will fell the prostate manually to look for enlargements and problems.
• PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing. Your doctor will do a simple blood test to determine your level of PSA. Small amounts are normal, but large amounts could indicate a problem.
• TRUS (transrectal ultrasound). This test uses wave echoes to create an image of the prostate.
• Cystoscopy- where the doctor looks through the urethra with a thin, lighted tube.
• Biopsy- a small tissue sample is collected from the area and studied.

The key to preserving your prostate health is go get proper treatment early on. Many men are ashamed to seek treatment, which can ultimately lead to further complications. Prostate disease and cancer are easily treated as long as you get diagnosed early on. At the first sign of pain or discomfort contact your doctor immediately. Men over the age of 50 should get their prostate checked out at least once a year. Find a doctor that you are comfortable with, and make sure to ask questions. Many patients choose to do research online before they visit a doctor, which will help you ask the right questions during your visit.

#Longevity: Improve Your #Brain Health #Alzheimer’s

As we get older, our brains get rusty. This deterioration of the brain eventually leads to Alzheimer’s disease. There are ways to improve you brain health however and decrease your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Eating a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables is important for brain health. The brighter the colors the better, because fruits and vegetables like this contain a lot of antioxidants which help rid the body of toxins. Studies have shown that people who a lot of fruits and vegetables have a 70% lower chance of getting dementia as they grow older.

Another way you can improve your brain health is by taking a vitamin B supplement everyday. Most Americans are vitamin B deficient because we consume too much alcohol, coffee, sugar and cigarettes; all which deplete the body of vitamin B. Without enough vitamin B in our diets, we are at an increased risk for Alzheimer’s, as well as other frightening diseases such as depression, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, heart attacks and strokes. You can also increase your vitamin B intake by eating more beans and green leafy vegetables.

Having a lot of stress in your life also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. Try exercising more, meditation and not getting worked up over little things. Eating more good fats will also increase your chances of having good brain health. Most of your brain is made up of fats, but not the type that comes from a hot dog. People who eat a lot of fried fats are at an increased risk for dementia, whereas people who eat good fats such as fish, nuts, flax seeds and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are at much lower risk.

Your brain also needs enough rest to keep up good health. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night so your brain will keep functioning at its top capacity. Exercising is also very effective in promoting good brain health. It will keep you alert, lively and more focused when you are dealing with other activities. Exercise is also vital to other parts of your body so you should try to fit it in at least a few times a week.

Just as exercising is important for your body and brain, working your brain out so to speak is also important for good brain health. Don’t stop using your mind as you grow older. Keep it active by reading, doing crosswords or math problems – any type of brain activity to enjoy doing will help.