Is regular sex beneficial to prostate health?
By Tristan Carter – Studying BHSc (Naturopathy)
Formidably, a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW] affirmed prostate cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia expecting to reach 25,000 new cases by 2020 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2013). Although more prevalent in older males (> 65 years) with one in six diagnosed before age 85, this diagnosis does not equate to a death sentence with a five-year survival rate of 95% (Cancer Council, 2020).
However, with such a prevalence of prostate cancer in Australian males questions arise……What is instigating these occurrences? What preventative strategies can be implemented?
Australian males never fear. Rousing evidence advocates that regular ejaculation, and workings of the prostate, may be associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer (Leitzmann, Platz, & Stampfer, 2004; Rider et al., 2016; Giles et al., 2003). Such suggestions align to traditional medicine philosophies, including traditional Chinese medicine, which proposes energy stagnation as contributing towards disease, including cancer (Hsu et al., 2012). Indeed, a salubrious prostate function is integral to men’s sexual health as it serves to secrete a milky fluid, comprised of citric acid and proteolytic enzymes, which contribute to approximately 25% of semen volume (Tortora et al., 2018) ejaculated during sexual activity.
Notwithstanding, deterrence from a healthy sex life can often stem from simple and amendable dietary and lifestyle aberrations which can be remedied naturally through amendments to daily routines, herbal medicines and/or nutrients.
If this resonates with you then make time to book a Naturopathic consultation with the Wellnation clinic now! After all, without your health what do you have?
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW]. (2013). Prostate cancer in Australia (Case Series No 79). Retrieved 3rd November, 2020 from https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/79bf7508-9ef2-41a1-8014-6ac11610ab72/14374.pdf.aspx?inline=true
Cancer Council. (2020). What is Prostate Cancer? Retrieved 3rd November, 2020 from https://www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/types-of-cancer/prostate-cancer
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