The medical term for an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is caused by an estrogen-dominant ratio of estrogen to testosterone. In general, estrogen causes cells to proliferate – including the cells in the prostate.
American men are exposed to increasing amounts of estrogens in such common sources as meat, plastics, and alcohol. Because fat cells produce estrogen, obesity also increases the risk of having an enlarged prostate. Combine these environmental and lifestyle risks with continually declining levels of testosterone (which keeps the prostate a healthy size) and you can see why many men over the age of fifty suffer with prostate symptoms.
An enlarged prostate puts men at risk for prostate cancer. Luckily, many herbs, acupuncture, diet modifications, and bio-identical hormone therapies can correct an imbalance of estrogen to testosterone and shrink an enlarged prostate.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians treat enlarged prostates naturally and effectively. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS naturopath.