Weight Loss Treatment for Prostatitis
How Can Weight Loss Treat Prostatitis?
Losing weight is one of the best alternative treatments for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Carrying extra pounds is very detrimental to your prostate health. In fact, weight loss can help with several different prostate conditions including enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Following a weight loss treatment for prostatitis can also help with easing symptoms of urinary incontinence, which can accompany prostatitis.
Holistic “whole-body” approaches to treating CP/CPPS often involve looking at your lifestyle factors that can affect your total prostate and general health. One holistic approach, called the “NPAT”, recognizes that pain and chronic pelvic discomfort are grounded in your lifestyle, diet, nutrition, and other factors that lie outside the prostate and which may contribute to chronic tension.
NPAT stands for:
- Natural treatments (ALCAT, elimination diets, and wheat-free diets);
- Phytotherapy (pollen and quercetin together with probiotics);
- Alternative Treatments (acupuncture, prostate massage, pelvic rehabilitation and therapy); and
- Total body (exercise, chronic stress management, lifestyle)
Losing weight to help with treating prostatitis may be just one component of a combination natural or alternative treatment program. The most successful treatment plans usually involve trying several different types of treatments based on your individual symptoms to help you improve your health. If you are overweight, dropping the excess weight is one step you can take to improving your prostate health.
How Does Weight Loss Work for Treating Prostatitis?
Being overweight and having excess body fat causes your body to release growth factors called adipokines. Some adipokines promote inflammation, and chronic inflammation is a contributor to prostate disease and chronic prostatitis. One of the most common ways that protective antioxidants are lost is by inflammation in the body.
A weight-loss plan that involves aerobic exercise and healthier dietary changes can help relieve prostatitis symptoms in many ways. Regular exercise helps fight inflammation. In fact, a study that was published in the Journal of Urology found that aerobic exercise reduced the symptoms of nonbacterial prostatitis much better than stretching and motion exercises.
Aerobic exercise is cardiovascular exercise and can involve cycling, jumping rope, brisk walking, jogging, running, and using cardio machines at the gym or taking classes. Sports like basketball also provide good aerobic exercise. Resistance exercises (like pushups, swimming, and lifting weights) provide anti-inflammatory effects as well.
A holistic treatment program for weight loss will also involve diet and good eating habits. Modifying your diet for prostatitis can help you lose weight, and it can also help treat your symptoms. There are also specific foods to avoid for prostatitis, many of which can exacerbate CP/CPPS symptoms. Some men also find relief in eliminating certain foods that can trigger allergies or intolerances that cause inflammation. Wheat-free diets can help, as can restoring your gut health with a daily probiotics supplement.
How to Lose Weight
Talk to you doctor about your weight-loss needs and come up with a plan for eating and exercise that is right for you. A healthy, prostate-friendly diet involves eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, choosing plant protein over animal proteins, avoiding processed food and high-sugar foods, and eating healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated oils. This kind of diet, a Mediterranean style of eating, will help maintain a healthy weight and protect your prostate.
In terms of exercise, try to get moving every day. Find an exercise you enjoy and do it with a partner or friend if you can. Incorporate both aerobic and resistance exercises into your routine.
Starting a program that encourages weight loss, a healthy diet, and exercise is going to do more than just help your prostate health. These steps will also help improve your immunity and overall health. Changing your lifestyle is a much more natural approach to healing and does not involve the negative side effects of taking medications to treat the symptoms. If you lose weight and change your lifestyle, you are bound to feel better in general.