A regular physical activity can significantly reduce health risks among aging men, according to a new research.
The new research suggest that moderate to vigorous physical activity may lower the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) by as much as 25 pct relative to a sedentary lifestyle.
Physical activity influences prostate growth pathways through alterations in hormone levels. It may exert beneficial effects through improved cardiovascular health.
Pre-clinical and observational data indicate that cardiovascular disease might promote BPH and LUTS. Men who suffer from components of the metabolic syndrome are more likely to have BPH and LUTS, as are men with heart disease.
The metabolic syndrome is associated with systemic inflammation and oxidative stress, and inflammation potentially drives BPH.
Thus, exercise that promotes weight loss, enhances vascular flow, normalizes serum lipid and lipoprotein concentrations, and prevents heart disease and might mitigate the lower urinary tract manifestations of systemic cardiovascular disease.
BPH/LUTS complex often occurs in association with erectile dysfunction (ED), which is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. It is thus possible that the BPH/LUTS complex and ED share a common etiology related to cardiovascular disease
An increased physical activity may also lower the risk of erectile dysfunction.