The most common type of prostatitis is nonbacterial prostatitis. Symptoms may include frequent urination and pain in the lower abdomen or lower back area. Causes may be stress and irregular sexual activity.
Prostatitis is not cancer but untreated can lead to more problems.
Treatment for nonbacterial prostatitis can include:
- anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants
- taking hot baths
- drinking extra fluids especially water
- learning to relax when urinating
- ejaculating frequently
- prostate drainage
- low sugar, non-processed diet
- supplementation with good quality vitamins, minerals and amino acids
- supplementation with herbs such as Saw Palmetto.
Zinc is known as an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health.
Zinc is used for boosting the immune system including
- treating the common cold
- recurrent ear infections
- preventing lower respiratory infections
- malaria and other diseases caused by parasites
- eye diseases including macular degeneration, night blindness and cataracts
- high blood pressure
- acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne
- treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia)
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- severe head injuries
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Down syndrome
- Hansen’s disease
- ulcerative colitis
- peptic ulcers
- promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa
- benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- male infertility
- erectile dysfunction (ED)
- weak bones (osteoporosis)
- rheumatoid arthritis
- muscle cramps associated with liver disease
- sickle cell disease
- inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia and Wilson’s disease
- improving athletic performance and strength
- applied to the skin for treating acne, aging skin, herpes simplex infections and to speed wound healing
- sprayed in the nostrils for treating the common cold
- zinc sulfate is used in products for eye irritation
Note that many zinc products also contain another metal called cadmium. This is because zinc and cadmium are chemically similar and often occur together in nature. Exposure to high levels of cadmium over a long time can lead to kidney failure. The concentration of cadmium in zinc-containing supplements can vary as much as 37-fold. Look for zinc-gluconate products. Zinc gluconate consistently contains the lowest cadmium levels.
How does it work?
Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains offer relatively high levels of zinc.
Zinc deficiency is not uncommon worldwide, but is rare in the US. Symptoms include slowed growth, low insulin levels, loss of appetite, irritability, generalized hair loss, rough and dry skin, slow wound healing, poor sense of taste and smell, diarrhea, and nausea. Moderate zinc deficiency is associated with disorders of the intestine which interfere with food absorption (malabsorption syndromes), alcoholism, chronic kidney failure, and chronic debilitating diseases.
Zinc plays a key role in maintaining vision, and it is present in high concentrations in the eye. Zinc deficiency can alter vision, and severe deficiency can cause changes in the retina (the back of the eye where an image is focused).
Zinc might also have effects against viruses. It appears to lessen symptoms of the rhinovirus (common cold), but researchers can’t yet explain exactly how this works. In addition, there is some evidence that zinc has some antiviral activity against the herpes virus.
Low zinc levels can be associated with male infertility, sickle cell disease, HIV, major depression, and type 2 diabetes, and can be fought by taking a zinc supplement.
More About Prostatitis:
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, often resulting in swelling or pain. Prostatitis can result in four significant symptoms: pain, urination problems, sexual dysfunction, and general health problems, such as feeling tired and depressed.
The prostate is a reproductive gland located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around the urethra, a tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate produces most of a male’s semen.
To diagnose prostatitis, a physician will collect a patient’s urine and thoroughly exam his prostate gland. To check the prostate gland, a physician will carry out a digital rectal examination, which involves inserting a well lubricated gloved finger into the rectum to check for any abnormalities of the gland. The physician also may collect a sample of prostate fluid so that it can be analyzed.
Some physicians also may want to carry out a prostate specific antigen test to measure the amount of this chemical in a person’s blood. Both prostatitis and prostate cancer can increase a patient’s PSA level.
Estimates on the number of men in the USA who will experience prostatitis during their lifetimes range up to 50 percent. Many urologic disease experts feel that from 5 to 10 percent of males will be experiencing prostatitis at a particular time, making it one of the most common urologic diseases in the U.S.
Variations of the disease include nonbacterial, acute, and chronic.
According to Dr. Leroy Nyberg, Jr., director of Urology Programs at the National Institutes of Health, treatments for nonbacterial prostatitis may include anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants, taking hot baths, drinking extra fluids, learning to relax when urinating, and ejaculating frequently.
“Some physicians also may recommend some changes in a patient’s diet,” Dr. Nyberg said.
Acute bacterial prostatitis can be the result of bacteria, a virus, or a sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms may include fever and chills, low back pain, frequent and painful urination, weak stream when urinating, and infrequent urination.
Dr. Nyberg explained that these infections often are treated with antibiotics, bed rest, stool softener and increased fluid intake.
Chronic prostatitis may be bacterial or the result of an inflammation of the prostate. Symptoms may include frequent bladder infections, frequent urination, and persistent pain in the lower abdomen or back.
This form of prostatitis often is treated with medications (often antibiotics), changes in the diet, biofeedback, and nonprescription supplements, according to Dr. Nyberg.
Wishing you good health.
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