Hyperplasia is a condition characterized by an abnormal overgrowth of cells. The condition is also called hypergenesis by some. Hyperplasia can occur in parts of the body including the prostate, breasts and uterus. Unfortunately, inaccurate information about hyperplasia is common. Consequently, here are the hyperplasia symptoms and natural hyperplasia treatment options you should know.
What is Hyperplasia?
Hyperplasia is a condition known for causing overgrowth of cells. The increased rate of cell reproduction involved in hyperplasia is why it is associated with the initial stage of cancer development.
However, not every type of hyperplasia is cancerous or even harmful. In fact, certain forms are normal and actually beneficial in some ways.
Causes of Hyperplasia
A variety of factors can cause hyperplasia. Hormonal imbalances, like abnormal estrogen dominance, can contribute to endometrial hyperplasia. Obesity, a lack of exercise, and inflammation caused by factors like a poor diet are other factors.
Another known factor is toxin exposure. Known toxins include excessive alcohol drinking, smoking cigarettes and using other drugs. Other factors include being over the age of 35, as well as the following.
1. A family history of hyperplasia conditions or uterine, breast, prostate, colon or ovarian cancers.
2. Pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, gallbladder disease or thyroid disease.
3. For women, a history of menstrual irregularity like starting periods early or menopause late.
Types of Hyperplasia
Physiologic hyperplasia is normal, and hyperplasia of the liver allows us to heal from extensive damage. (1) Up to 75 percent of someone’s liver can be scarred, and the effects of hyperplasia still allows for recovery. (2)
Hyperplasia in the tonsils may also occur when someone gets sick. This actually boosts production of cells that fight the threatening virus or bacteria.
Compensatory liver hyperplasia affects the liver after injury or damage. This is actually beneficial and is what allows liver transplants to work.
Pathologic hyperplasia contributes to cancer and other illnesses. Epithelial/ductal hyperplasia and endometrial hyperplasia are two commonly diagnosed pathologic forms.
Epithelial hyperplasia occurs when cells overgrow in the lining of the ducts of the milk glands, or lobules. This can sometimes increase the risk for breast cancer. Proliferative breast disease is another name for ductal or lobular hyperplasia that affects the breasts.
Endometrial hyperplasia is another common type that can develop into endometriosis or cancer. This affects the endometrium, the lining of a woman’s uterus.
Focal epithelial hyperplasia is also known as Heck’s disease. It affects the inside of the mouth or throat in the mucous tissues. This type can cause a wart or growth and might be triggered by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is noncancerous and affects the prostate. BPH is also called prostate enlargement. BPH is believed to be common among older men but not harmful in most cases.
Cushing’s disease is hyperplasia that affects adrenal glands and/or the adrenal cortex. Thiis occurs when the adrenal cortex makes too much of the hormone adrenocorticotropic (ACTH).
C-cell hyperplasia is often a precursor to medullary thyroid cancer.
Sebaceous hyperplasia causes yellow growths on the skin, but is not tied to cancer formation.
Intimal hyperplasia is a rare type that affects one’s blood vessels after an injury or surgery. This is also called intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia.
Depending on its different types, hyperplasia symptoms can vary greatly.
Hyperplasia doesn’t typically cause a tumor or lump big enough to be detected. Many types can go undetected for a period of time while showing no symptoms, especially in the breast.
Other forms might cause symptoms, including pain near an enlarged organ like the liver, and changes in the skin. Digestive issues, fatigue, growths in the mouth or on the skin, warts, and menstrual problems are other symptoms.
Another condition that can be caused by hyperplasia is Cushing’s disease. The condition causes symptoms like weight loss, nervousness, bugling eyes and irregular periods.
Cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia causes noticeable reddish-brownish nodules on the skin.
5 Natural Methods of Hyperplasia Treatment
Anyone suspected of having hyperplasia should take the condition seriously. As such, a health care professional should always be consulted before beginning hyperplasia treatment. To help prevent and treat cases of hyperplasia, it’s important to improve immune function and reduce levels of inflammation.
Anyone with this condition should also be aware of these five natural methods of hyperplasia treatment.
1. Naturally Balance Your Hormones
Diet and lifestyle are a major component of regulating hormone levels like estrogen and testosterone.
Your gut health can prevent inflammatory conditions like leaky gut syndrome. Such conditions affect the lining of the intestinal wall, and can contribute to autoimmune reactions and conditions.
To balance hormones naturally consume only healthy fats and reduce exposure to toxins and chemicals. By maintaining a healthy weight and getting good sleep, you can help your body properly regulate hormone levels.
2. Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
To reduce inflammation which can trigger hyperplasia, add the following foods to your diet. Leafy green vegetables, fresh veggie juices, and cruciferous vegetables are very important. Also, eat fresh fruit, especially berries, and brightly colored fruits and veggies that are red, orange and yellow. Additionally, fresh herbs and spices and healthy fats are very important. Healthy fats include olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds and coconut oil.
Also eat probiotic foods, including yogurt, kombucha, cultured veggies and kefir. These can build healthy bacteria in the gut.
Finally, avoid foods that increase inflammation and increase the risk of hyperplasia or cancer, such as sugar and refined oils. Refined carbohydrates, conventional dairy products, and farm-raised meats also increase these risks.
Here are some of the best supplements that help with the treatment of hyperplasia.
1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that lowers free radical damage, which can trigger hyperplasia.
2. Vitamin D helps regulate hormones and immune functioning. You can optimizes your natural vitamin D3 production by getting 20 minutes of sun exposure every day.
3. Milk thistle and dandelion root boost the body’s detoxification methods. Also, these supplements help improve health of the liver.
4. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that helps kill cancer cells and stop tumor growth.
5. Frankincense oil helps lower inflammation, boosts your genes’ healing properties, and can reduce cancerous cell production and tumor growth. (3)
Getting regular exercise strengthens your immune system. Consequently, exercise also protects your brain and boosts cognitive functioning, reducing stress and helping you get better sleep. The boost in immune system function from exercise may increase the removal of toxins, viruses and bacteria. This removes the triggers of inflammation, hormonal imbalances and illnesses.
A healthy lifestyle and dietary measures can prevent 30 percent to 40 percent of all cancers, research suggests. (4)
5. Reduce Stress
Many studies have shown that stress can lower immune function, raise inflammation and contribute to numerous diseases. Those with lower stress levels tend to live longer. (5) Lower stress may add protection against heart disease and cancer.
Aromatherapy, cleaning up, dancing and even taking a shower are all great ways to reduce stress.