It is well known that stress can have a big effect on your overall health and well being. High levels of stress can leave you feeling run down and tired, and increase the risk of catching viruses. If you are battling a long-term illness then stress can have a big impact on how your body copes with the disease.
What isn’t so well known is the severity of the effect stress and anxiety has on prostate conditions such as prostate cancer, prostatitis and an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BHP. The benefits of stress management and emotional therapy on prostate health may also be surprising to many.
Stress and prostate health
High levels of stress and anxiety can impair the body’s immune system and prevent it from fighting off disease and illness. When a man is diagnosed with any kind of prostate problem, he can experience increased levels of stress and anxiety resulting from worry, fear or even anger about having the problem. This can lead to the prostate disease worsening due to the immune system being unable to fight it.
It is important to recognize the role that stress and anxiety plays in contributing and causing prostate problems. It is always better to try and prevent a disease than attempting to treat it once it has already developed. Therefore, addressing stress and its causes is highly important when considering prostate health.