Iam here to speak with you on prostate. The topic is misleading .is prostate strictly for men? yes ,ONLY men have prostate and ONLY men over 40 years but the healthcare enlightenment is for everyone. there is no woman who does not know a man 40 years and above, father, neighbour, colleague.

Essentially what I will be doing today is health promotion. Responsible health promotion must provide three things.

1. Information

2 Reassurance

3 A plan of action

Let me start with a background on prostate health.

Everyone has a pair of kidneys. The job of the kidney is to remove waste. It is the LAWMA (waste management company) of your body. Everyday your blood passes through the kidney several times to be filtered .As the blood is filtered .urine is formed and stored in a temporary storage tank called the urinary bladder.

If there were to be no urinary bladder, as a man walks on the road ,urine will be dropping.

Now think of the plumbing work in your house. Think of the urinary bladder as the overhead storage tank. from  the storage tank, a good plumber will run pipes to the other parts of the house, including the kitchen. GOD in His wisdom ran pipes from our urinary bladder to the tip of the penis.Something I still find most extraordinary and thank full from the good LORD.HE could’ve chose that we pi from the ears but HE made life simple especially for men.

Anyways the pipe is called the urethra, Just below the bladder and surrounding the urethra is a little organ called the prostate gland.

The prostate gland is the size of a walnut and weighs about 20grams .Its job is to make the seminal fluid which is stored in the seminal vesicle. During sexual intercourse ,seminal fluid comes down the urethra and mixes with the sperms produced in the testicles to form the semen. So semen technically is not sperm. It is sperm + seminal fluid. The seminal fluid lubricates the sperm.  After age of 40.for reasons that may be hormonal,the prostate gland begins to enlarge from 20 grams it may grow to almost 100 grams.As it enlarges ,It squeezes the urethra and the man begins to notice changes in the way he urinates.

If you have a son under 10,If he has a little mischief like we all did at that age, when he comes out to urinate, he can target the ceiling and the jet will hit the target, call his father to do same,wahala dey. His urine stream is weak, cannot travel a long distance and sometimes may come straight down on his legs. So he may need to stand in awkward position to urinate.

Not many men will be worried their urine stream cannot hit the ceiling .Toilets are on the floor and not on the ceiling .But other symptoms begin to show.

TERMINAL DRIPPING.

The man begins to notice that after urinating and repacking, urine still drops on his pants. This is the reason why after an older man urinates, he has to ring bell. A young man simply delivers to the last drop and walks away.

HESISTANCY

At this point you wait longer for the urine flow to start. There are 2 valves that must open for you to urinate- the internal and the external.

INCOMPLETE EMPTYING

You have this feeling immediately after urinating that there is still something left. As all these things begin to happen the bladder begins to work harder to compensate for the obstruction in the urethra.

Men being Men may not talk to anyone even at this point. Then the more serious complications start and the List is very long. 1. prostate -inflammation of the prostate.  2. prostate cancer- cancer of the prostate.

The bad news is that everyman will have prostate enlargement if he lives long enough.

The GOOD news is that there are life style changes that can help the man after 40 to maintain optimum prostate health.

NUTRITION

Look at what you eat. 33% of all cancers, according to the us national cancer institute is related to what we eat.

Red meat every day triples your chances of prostate disease . Milk every day doubles your risk.

THEN WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT.

Tomatoes are very good for men. If  that is the only thing your wife can present in the evening , eat it with joy.

Take vegetables daily. Take fruits 15 times a day if you can.

AND LASTLY GENTLEMEN  if you can fast a couple of days in a week. 2 would actually be ideal.

This is a subjected I have investigated for years and very passionate ever since my dear mother succumbed to death through the C word five years ago. In one simple word you can control it