It's not only possible, it's probable that a man will face a prostate issue at some point in his life, according to the Harvard Medical School annual report on prostate diseases. Some 80 percent of men will eventually develop benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a noncancerous, enlarged prostate.

While the report says that BPH, prostate cancer or prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) may be in the future for most men, it also notes that no easy solutions exist once a prostate issue emerges.

Getting ahead of the problem, however, is a different story. Men have various options to prevent or at least delay prostate complications, including a wide variety of easily achievable lifestyle choices that will impact their prostate health significantly.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a vital cog in the machinery of male sexual function. It's a walnut-sized gland found near the bladder and in front of the rectum, and it's responsible for making some of the fluid in semen and for propelling semen out of the penis when a man ejaculates.

Early signs of poor health in the prostate—