Doctor tells men not to be ashamed to talk about prostate

ONE in three men over 50 have benign prostatic hyperplasia, commonly known as an enlarged prostate. This number rises to nearly 80% of men when they reach 70.

While BPH is not fatal like prostate cancer, it can cause a lot of pain and inconvenience.

Common symptoms are frequent and painful urination and, for some cases, sexual performance is affected.

According to Mr Indra, spokesman for Graminex Australia, a company that specialises in developing prostate medication, men in general tend to be tight-lipped about their condition.

"It's normal for men to feel uncomfortable talking about their prostate and their symptoms (of BPH), that's okay, we understand," says Mr Indra, who does his best to answer questions from callers.

He has spoken to many concerned wives whose husbands are reluctant to acknowledge the issue.

The key to this problem, he believes, is to encourage a culture where men are not ashamed to talk about their medical condition.

The good news is that all this is starting to change, especially with the internet which allows men to be more discreet in search for prostate health information.

Still, it cannot make up for face-to-face interaction.

Graminex Australia has introduced Magnus Shield, a new over-the-counter prostate supplement, and has been working with non-profit prostate support groups in Victoria to help bring awareness to men.

For inquiries about Magnus Shield Prostate formula, visit for more or call 1300 760 627.

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