Understanding and Managing Age-Related Prostate Changes

Written by: Brilliant Staff

Fact checked by: SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD

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As men age, it's not uncommon to experience prostate changes. Age-related shifts can vary from mild discomfort to urinary symptoms. Understanding these changes and how to manage them can help maintain overall wellness and ensure a healthy life. 

Let’s delve into how the prostate changes with age and consider some essential tips for maintaining prostate health at different life stages.

How Does the Prostate Change with Age?

The prostate is a small gland about the size and shape of a walnut, situated at the base of the bladder. Its primary role is to produce seminal fluid, which aids the journey of sperm. 

The prostate tends to grow as a man ages. This can lead to urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting or ending urination, and others.

Accordingly, age-related prostate growth is a common concern in men over 50. Statistics suggest that approximately half of men in their 60s and up to 90% in their 70s and 80s exhibit some symptoms.

Age-Related Prostate Changes: Lifestyle Adaptations

Good lifestyle habits are a critical component in maintaining prostate health through different life stages and mitigating age-related changes. Here are a few tips.

  1. Healthy and Balanced Diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains supports overall health, including the prostate. Studies suggest that a diet high in red and processed meats might increase the risk of prostate problems. Incorporating food with antioxidants (e.g., tomatoes and broccoli) and omega-3 fatty acids (e.g., fish) is a good practice.
  2. Regular Exercise: Exercise has several benefits, including boosting the immune system and maintaining a healthy weight. Studies demonstrate that men who are more physically active are more likely to have better prostate health.
  3. Regular Check-ups: Routine prostate screenings are key to monitoring prostate health and detecting issues early. Generally, men should start considering prostate screenings in their 40s or 50s, depending on their risk factors.
  4. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine Intake: Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeinated drinks can impact the bladder, leading to symptoms like frequent or urgent urination.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help flush the bladder, potentially reducing symptoms.
  6. Consider Supplements: As discussed above, certain holistic supplements may offer supportive benefits to prostate health. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.

A Balanced Approach to Prostate Health

Finally, we recognize that prostate changes can cause stress. 

Therefore, it is essential to communicate your emotions with either a medical professional or a community of individuals who can offer assistance. This will enable you to realize that your encounters are not unique and are common among diverse men with varying backgrounds and life experiences.

Always remember that maintaining your health through life's challenging curveballs is a blend of balanced nutrition, physical activity, proper hydration, regulated consumption of alcohol and caffeine, and regular check-ups, combined with a resilient spirit and a positive outlook on aging.


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