7 Important Things You Need to Know About Enlarged Prostate Symptoms
If you are a man with Enlarged Prostate Symptoms or an inflamed prostate, then understanding how to combat prostate symptoms are probably a big concern to you. The issue that I have found is that information online is hard to understand or seems limited in order to resolve prostate symptoms naturally or the other options involve life-altering surgery or drugs.
I have researched as a journalist and blogged for years on men’s health and wellness. I have worked in the medical field and helped all kinds of patients with all kinds of illnesses.
The solution that I have found is to educate yourself with enough correct information so you can make an informed decision on whether to try alternative treatments and diets that have been shown to work or to choose drugs, surgery, etc.
In this post, I outline enlarged prostate symptoms, what causes them so you can arm yourself with enough information to make good decisions about your prostate health and links to alternative treatments.
#1 DHT the Testosterone Converter.
The naturopathic or alternative medical treatment goal of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is to reduce prostate cell growth by blocking the conversion of testosterone into the more potent hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and preventing estrogen from attaching to receptors in the prostate tissue.
In layman’s terms, the goal is to reduce the inflammation and growth of the prostate that is causing the enlarged prostate symptoms, or BPH symptoms, such as the need to urinate but can’t etc. This is done by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.
DHT – Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that is basically involved in the development of the male (genitals) during puberty. DHT is an androgen testosterone. About 10% of testosterone is converted to DHT by the testes and the prostate in men. DHT causes the prostate to grow during puberty and is responsible for many of the physical characteristics associated with adult males. It is made through the conversion of the more commonly known androgen, testosterone.
Dihydrotestosterone is many times more potent than testosterone, and many of the effects that testosterone has in the body only happen after it is converted to dihydrotestosterone.
#2 What Causes DHT to Rise and Fall?
The amount of DHT is directly proportionate to the amount of testosterone that is present on a daily basis. What this means is that when testosterone levels rise so does the conversion of testosterone into DHT in the body and as such enlarged prostate symptoms. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland control the release of testosterone which therefore controls DHT production. When the body senses a reduction of testosterone levels, the hypothalamus releases the gonadotropin-releasing hormone that sends signals to the pituitary to stimulate and produce and release the luteinizing hormone into the bloodstream. What this means is that as this happens DHT increases as well.
#3 What is a Gonadotrophin-Releasing Hormone?
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone is responsible for producing two hormones; these hormones are called follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone is produced and secreted by nerve cells in the hypothalamus located in the brain. As it is released, the hormone travels through blood vessels to the pituitary gland and stimulates the production of the follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. What these hormones do is initiate and maintain reproductive function by controlling the levels of hormones produced in the testes and ovaries. The main hormones that are stimulated by these hormones are testosterone, oestradiol, and progesterone. Basically, they are instrumental in controlling the production of sperm in men and the maturation and release of an egg during a woman’s menstrual cycle. As luteinizing hormone travels via the blood to Leydig cells in the testes in men or ovaries in women, it stimulates the production of testosterone. What this means is that when there is more testosterone in the blood the greater chance that more of it is converted into dihydrotestosterone and therefore enlarged prostate symptoms.
#4 How is Gonadotrophin-Releasing Hormone Controlled?
As a refresher, gonadotropin-releasing hormone is responsible for producing two hormones, these hormones are called follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. Before puberty, the gonadotropin-releasing hormone is very low. Once puberty arises an increase of gonadotropin-releasing hormone is produced, this triggers the beginning of sexual maturation. When a man or woman has fully formed with functional testes or ovaries the production of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone is controlled by testosterone in men. The same is true for women however the hormones produced include testosterone, oestrogens (oestradiol) and progesterone.
If the levels of these hormones rise, the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone decreases and vice versa.
#5 What happens if I have too much gonadotrophin-releasing hormone?
There is no conclusive evidence to support what happens when there is too much gonadotrophin-releasing hormone. Tumors can develop, which can increase the production of gonadotropins leading to an overproduction of testosterone or oestrogen.
#6 What happens if I have too little Gonadotrophin-Releasing Hormone?
If there is a deficiency of the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone during childhood, this would mean a child would not go through puberty. There is a rare genetic syndrome called Kallmann’s syndrome that can cause this stop in puberty. This affliction is more common in men than woman. Also, any trauma to the hypothalamus can cause a loss of gonadotropin-releasing hormone which could also stop the normal production of these hormones.
#7 What is the Connection between DHT and BPH?
DHT is very beneficial during puberty to develop the prostate in young males however as a man matures it can be harmful to the prostate because it causes prostate growth. This growth is what attributes to the effects of BPH. No one knows the role of DHT in adult males. DHT has shown no beneficial functions. In BPH, drugs like finasteride, which are 5alpha-reductase inhibitors, act at the pathophysiologic substrate of the disease. Meaning that they attempt to stop the disease process, reduce prostate volume, improve symptoms, and reduce the risk of acute urinary retention and BPH-related surgery thus they attempt to reduce enlarged prostate symptoms.
If your goal is to reduce enlarged prostate symptoms or BPH then reducing this growth or inflammation should be a concern. If DHT is converted from testosterone, then the prostate becomes enlarged, and BHP problems such as the difficulty to urine but can’t, etc. arise.
There are some great foods that you can eat to help prevent BPH or reduce the growth of the prostate.