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Sex and the Prostate

Many men over the age of 40 find themselves suffering from issues with their prostate gland. Frequent urination, lack of  a steady stream, and erectile disfunction are a few of the more common symptoms. Here's some good news...Not only can sex and masturbation reduce stress and help keep your heart healthy, but frequent sex has many benefits to your prostate. Your prostate plays an active role during sex  and in older men, frequent ejaculation has protective effects against prostate cancer. A study found that men who averaged 4 to 7 ejaculations a week were up to 36% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer before reaching 70. Men who reported having more than 20 sexual "releases" a month were 33% less likely to develop this cancer, according to a report published in JAMA. That may sound like a lot of  happy endings , but here are some things you need to know :

  • age: men over the age of 50 are at greater risk for prostate cancer

  • race: prostate cancer is more common among African American men

  • genetics: your risk is greater is a close relative has a history of prostate cancer

  • weight: obesity may increase your risk of getting more advanced prostate cancer

  • activity level: physical inactivity has been shown to increase risk in some men

  • diet: a diet high in animal and dairy fat and low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables may increase your risk

  • height: tall men may be more likely to develop prostate cancer.

 

If you're lagging behind, these are important reasons to pick up the pace.​                             

   

            Sources: Healthline.com and Bensnaturalhealth.com

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