Slowly but surely becoming more relevant, prostate supplements are primarily used by males 40 years and over to manage prostate health. This glossary defines terms and concepts associated with prostate health and supplementation.
Also referred to as 5-α reductase, the enzyme is responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. The majority of prostate supplements work by blocking 5-alpha reductase, which would lower the production of dihydrotestosterone and ultimately control prostatic growth.
Androgen>Any compound that regulates the development of male traits and characteristics. Testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone are the most common examples. The prostate relies on androgens in order to function properly.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia>A medical term meaning enlarged prostate. Though not necessarily dangerous in isolation, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can put unnecessary on surrounding organs — especially the urethra and bladder — and thus lead to health risks. Most medical professionals believe BPH is caused by a disproportionately high ratio of dihydrotestosterone to testosterone in the prostate.
Most males over the age of 40 years begin to develop BPH, although symptoms do not generally manifest until they reach 50 years. It affects about half of males between 51 and 60 years, and nearly all males over 80 years.