Dysfunctional Epithelium and Prostatitis
Dysfunctional epithelium, as it refers to chronic prostatitis, is a condition in which the layer of tissues (epithelium) in the urinary tract has been damaged and therefore does not function properly. The epithelium plays many important roles in maintaining the health of the urinary tract tissues. Other names for dysfunctional epithelium are epithelial dysfunction and endothelium dysfunction.
Whatever you call it, this problem is a trait of bladder pain and interstitial cystitis, which is chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. Some experts believe that prostatitis and bladder pain/interstitial cystitis fall into a similar category. One reason they believe this is that men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) often respond to a specific test in the same way as do men who have bladder pain/interstitial cystitis. Causes of epithelial dysfunction include smoking, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
Another link between epithelial dysfunction and prostatitis was reported in a study published in Urology Times. The authors showed that men with CP/CPPS had a higher incidence of endothelial dysfunction and stiff arteries than did men without prostatitis. These results suggest men who have CP/CPPS may be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease than men without prostatitis.
Doctors may prescribe antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants, and heparinoid compounds to treat the actual dysfunction epithelium. There are several natural prostatitis treatments and alternative prostatitis treatments that you may find helpful in relieving prostatitis symptoms related to dysfunctional epithelium. Look to phytotherapy and supplements that support urinary health. Since some of the causes of dysfunctional epithelium are diabetes and high blood pressure, there may be many changes to diet and certain foods to avoid that can help your heart and diabetic health as well as your prostatitis symptoms. Stress management might be worth considering as well as weight loss, exercise, acupuncture, and sitz baths.