Prostatitis can occur to any adult male regardless of their health status. However, the disease is said to affect the majority of men between the age of 30 and 50 years. Urologists have coined the term “trucker’s disease” referring to prostatitis because it affects truck drivers who sit on their backsides (the prostate) for prolonged periods. It is worth noting that prostatitis could affect anyone and not just the truck drivers. In fact, it is independent of anybody’s job description.
A document from The Prostatitis and Prostate Cancer Centre reports that prostatitis is associated with all cases of prostate cancer. Further, the report says that all men will at one point in their lives be affected by prostatitis.
So, if this is the case, how can you prevent prostatitis?
Wear protective gear during sports
Trauma to the pelvic area has been one of the causes that have been associated with prostatitis. Sportsmen are advised to wear protective gear, especially when playing high-risk sports that can cause injury to the pelvic area. Sports companies offer more than enough protective gear and accessories that you can use. Instead of risking injury to your crotch, grab a piece of protective gear and keep yourself safe.
Cyclists are also at a high risk because their activity involves intense rubbing with the bicycle seat. While no study or research has directly shown cycling to cause prostatitis, it is thought that pressure on the pelvic area causes mini-trauma to the cyclist’s prostate area. To counter this problem, cyclists are advised to invest in high-quality seats that are smooth and put less pressure on the pelvic area. Where possible, cycle for shorter periods while taking occasional breaks.
Practice good hygiene
Nothing beats hygiene as a preventative measure for many lifestyle diseases. Prostatitis is caused by inflammation of the prostate gland. It could be a result of bacterial or a non-bacterial infection. Cleanliness prevents infections which could be the gateway to the occurrence of prostatitis.
Stay hydrated be consuming plain water
Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Men are advised to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine. Acidic or spicy substances are said to irritate the bladder. Where possible, try to keep off or limit the intake of these substances.
Consult your doctor
Many diseases can be brought under control if only they are discovered early enough. Always consult your physician if you feel or notice anything unusual. This is because the doctor will assess your situation and carry out tests as deemed appropriate. If any infection such as a urinary tract infection is found, it can be treated as soon as possible.
If prostatitis is not discovered early enough, it could progress to the chronic stage where it is hard to manage. It can be devastating and affects the quality of life for those who are affected. For that reason, men are advised to observe the tips mentioned above to keep themselves on the safer side.