Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — also called enlarged prostate — is a condition that can commonly appear in men as they age. The urethra passes through the center of the prostate gland and the prostate is located beneath the bladder. When the prostate enlarges, it begins to block urine flow. Most men have continued prostate growth throughout life. In many cases, this continued growth results in urinary symptoms. An enlarged prostate gland can cause physical discomfort, as well as bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. The Mayo Clinic estimates that one third of men will experience BPH symptoms by the age of 60.
The severity of BPH symptoms vary from person to person but all tend to gradually worsen over time. Common signs and symptoms of BPH include:
● Frequent or urgent need to urinate
● Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
● Difficulty starting urination
● Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
● Dribbling at the end of urination
● Inability to completely empty the bladder
The size of the prostate isn’t necessarily the determining factor in the severity of symptoms. Some men with prostates that are only slightly enlarged can have rather significant symptoms, while, on the other hand, some men with prostates that are extremely enlarged my experience just minor symptoms. Factors contributing to BPH can include but are not limited to:
● Aging: About one third of men will experience moderate to severe symptoms by the age of 60.
● Family history: A blood relative, such as a father or a brother, with history of prostate issues means that you are more likely to experience them as well.
● Diabetes and heart disease: Studies show that diabetes, obesity, and heart disease may each increase the risk of BPH.
A visit with a doctor is your first step against BPH. After a physical exam and a series of tests, a proper diagnosis can be made. A wide variety of treatments are available for enlarged prostate, including medication, minimally invasive surgery, and clinical trials. The best treatment choice for you depends on several factors, including:
● Prostate size
● Overall health
● Degree of discomfort
For more on BPH and current treatment options visit University Urology
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