Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Every man has a prostate; and it plays major roles in men
body. The prostate is a small gland of a nut size located below the bladder. It surrounds the upper
part of the urethra, the urinary tract, where it joins the bladder.
In most men, when approaching forty, it starts increasing in
volume, and continues to grow with
age. But when the prostate becomes too large, it
squeezes the urethra and interferes
with urination, leading to a medical condition called
hyperplasia(BPH) or enlarged prostate.
Typical Enlarged Prostate Symptoms
Nearly two-thirds of men over 50 years
experience no BPH symptoms, although the risks of developing symptomatic enlarged prostate increases with age. For instance, about 60%
of men aged 60 or over suffer from enlarged prostate symptoms. This percentage rises
to 90% after 85 years. Common BPH symptoms patients tend to
complaint about include:
or urgent need to urinate
at night (nocturia)
at the end of urination
to completely empty the bladder
urine stream, which tends to stop and start.
rare, some patients have more serious problems which requirement medical treatment; some of these less common
BPH symptoms include:
urinate increases the risk
tract infection and kidney problems. Some men
who suffer from BPH are victims of
urinary stones in the bladder or
urinary tract infections. Urinary retention problems sometimes occur and, very occasionally. In case of a complete blockage of the urethra
immediate medical care is required. But this is rare. In fact, less than 15% of
cases of enlarged prostate due to BPH require medical treatment to avoid complications.
Steps to Control Enlarged
Prostate Due to BPH
A mild BPH can be kept
under control by taking these steps below:
Avoid alcohol and tobacco; these two can lead to serious complications such as cancer.
your prostate by having regular safe sexual activity. Some studies have
found that regular ejaculation help to decrease development of BPH.
when you feel like it. Holding back too
long to urinate can irritate
Avoid drink before going to bed to limit the need to get up at
Avoid spicy and savory foods, as
well as beverages high in caffeine: coffee,
tea, cola, and others
your chocolate intake; it aggravates enlarged prostate symptoms in BPH
medications containing decongestants, such as
pseudoephedrine; they cause urination more difficult in enlarged prostate
Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles; having good muscle tone helps to control the urge to
urinate. But stay away from any exercises that challenge
the bladder: biking, horseback riding, tennis, volleyball, and others. Fast waling is ideal.
Enlarged Prostate Treatment
BPH treatment depends mostly on the characteristics of the symptoms. The good news is the fact
that the symptoms of BPH are sufficiently
minor and do not require major medical treatment most of the times. In case
prescription of drugs is required, Alpha-blockers
can be recommended in
enlarged prostate treatment to relax the muscles of the bladder, urethra and
prostate and facilitate
the passage of urine. Their beneficial
effects can be rapid in most patients but they can cause these side effects:
Other substances such
as inhibitors of 5-alpha reductase can also be prescribed as BPH treatment to
stop the increase of the
size of the prostate, by blocking the action of
testosterone (male hormone). Their effect
is similar to that of alpha, but
slower to produce therapeutic results. The best thing is for each patient to talk to
their health care provider to determine ideal enlarged prostate treatment option for them.
Some plant extracts can help relieve
symptoms or disorders related to BPH. Common remedies used in natural medicine as natural
enlarged prostate treatment include
Pygeum, Rye grass pollen extracts and stinging nettle.
For many years and in different cultures,
they have been used instead of drug treatments that the conventional medicine
offered to patients. But this type of herbal remedies
should be taken only when a patient is suffering with minor benign
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), not more serious problems such enlarged prostate due to prostate cancer.