Some of the common men's health concerns have to do with prostate health, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. Benign prostatic hyperplasia or enlarged prostate affects about 90% of all men by the time that they reach the age of 70. Prostate enlargement can make urination difficult and can cause a need to urinate more frequently, particularly at night.
Kegel exercises for men are exercises that may help with urinary incontinence, difficulty urinating, erectile dysfunction and possibly result in a healthier prostate. It is one of the alternative therapies recommended for enlarged prostate.
Most natural health practitioners recommend combining the exercise with increased nutrient intake. Antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatories and omega-3 fatty acids are some of the nutrients that may be missing from the diet.
Prostate cancer is one of the more serious men's health issues. It is the most common form of cancer among males in the US, responsible for over 28,000 deaths in 2008. Over 100,000 cases are detected annually. Much of the latest research concerning the disease has focused on prevention. Why is the disease more common in American than Asian men? Different diets are among the proposed answers to that question.
Kegels for men might not help prevent prostate cancer, but it is still important to keep the pelvic muscles tight and firm as time goes by. They are simple to perform, do not require the purchase of additional equipment and can easily be added to any healthy exercise routine.
The easiest way to learn how to perform Kegels for men is to practice stopping and restarting the urine flow. Allow the urine to come to a steady stream, and then stop it by contracting your muscles. This allows you to identify how to isolate the correct muscle group. Once you have done that, you can perform the exercise comfortably at any time.
Men's health specialists recommend practicing the exercise regularly, on a daily basis, starting with 10 contractions and building up to more repetitions as the exercise becomes more comfortable. Kegels for men will help strengthen the pelvic, rectal and sphincter muscles, improving firmness and tone. That helps improve sexual function. Some men report increased stamina, too.
Regardless of your age, it is a good idea to start thinking about the men’s health issues mentioned above. Regular physical activity and a healthy diet are some of the things that may reduce your risk of enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.