Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous increase in the size of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is a small male reproductive organ in men, located just below the bladder. One of the main roles of the prostate is to produce the fluid that protects sperm. As such, a healthy prostate is vital for a man to experience a vigorous sex life.
The prostate gland can enlarge as men get older and, in some cases, can press on the tube carrying urine from the bladder and cause urinary problems. As the prostate enlarges, it may squeeze the urethra, or even partially block it, causing BPH.
The prostate gland enlarges with BPH. When enlarged, it can irritate or press on the bladder and urethra. One of the most common symptoms of BPH is the need to urinate often. This can be as regular as every one to two hours – even at night.
Other symptoms may include:
These symptoms are termed Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS).
The exact causes of an enlarged prostate are unclear, but some experts believe it may be due to changes in the balance of sex hormones as men age and, in particular, the primary male sex hormone testosterone. What is clear, however, is that there are two conditions necessary for the development of BPH; aging and the presence of testes.
Normally, the prostate gland is approximately the size of a walnut. As men age, and under the influence of male hormones, the prostate can grow to many times its normal size. In some men, it may become as large as a grapefruit.
An enlarging prostate and the development of LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) are an unfortunate consequence of aging. The prostate gland grows with men as they age, although the reason for this is not well understood.
Throughout life, men produce testosterone and a small amount of estrogen (the primary female sex hormone). As men age, the amount of active testosterone in their blood decreases, leaving a higher proportion of estrogen.
Some scientific studies suggest that prostate enlargement occurs because the increased proportion of estrogen within the prostate gland actively stimulates the cells within the prostate to grow.
An enlarged prostate and the development of LUTS are age dependent. BPH isn’t usually seen in men under the age of 40. However, autopsy studies have demonstrated that up to 80% of 80-year-old men will have evidence of BPH. Approximately 40% of those same men will demonstrate an enlarged prostate on physical examination; however, only 25-30% of 80-year-old men will have symptomatic BPH and pursue treatment.
Another risk factor for prostate enlargement is family history. If a close relative – such as your father or brother – has suffered, or is suffering, from an enlarged prostate it means you are more likely to suffer from the same condition.
Also, if you suffer from diabetes or heart disease, or use beta-blockers, this may increase the risk of you developing an enlarged prostate. Lifestyle factors can also increase the risk of developing an enlarged prostate. If you are overweight or obese and do not regularly exercise, there is an increased risk of developing an enlarged prostate.
Men who have an enlarged prostate may be symptom-free at first. However, your medical professional will provide an accurate diagnosis and may refer you to an urologist for confirmation.
It is wise to consult your doctor if you notice any urination-related symptoms. He or she may recommend a ‘watch and wait’ approach if your symptoms are slight or moderate. If you notice blood in your urine, you should consult your health professional without delay.
Treatment of BPH will depend upon the severity of your symptoms and the diagnosis of your doctor. He or she may prescribe medications to help to relieve moderate to severe urinary problems caused by BPH.
If you have urination problems caused by BPH and they are mild to moderate and do not bother you, then home treatment may be enough to help keep them from interfering with your day to day activities. Your medical practitioner may want to see you regularly to check on the progress of symptoms and may recommend a ‘watch and wait’ approach.
In this case, you may choose to consider using a natural supplement such as Prostate PowerFlow.
When taken daily, Prostate PowerFlow’s formulation works to support prostate health. It contains the following four key active ingredients:
Good prostate health is a key for men coping with the inevitable hormonal changes that accompany aging. Prostate PowerFlow with Saw Palmetto, Zinc, Lycopene and Selenium may help alleviate the natural side effects of growing older.
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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.
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