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Enlarged Prostate

What is an Enlarged Prostate?

Enlarged Prostate or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) is a natural condition where the prostate gland slowly grows, causing pressure on the urethra. Prostate enlargement may be the most common health problem in men older than 60 years.

Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate

While the symptoms of an enlarged prostate can range from mild to severe, the size of the prostate does not necessarily associate with the severity of the symptoms. There are two types of symptoms: Obstructive and Irritative.

Obstructive:

  • Feeling that your bladder never completely empties
  • Difficulty and delay in initiating an urinary stream
  • Stopping and starting urination several times during voiding
  • Weak urine stream
  • Dribbling or leaking
  • Pushing or straining while urinating
Irritative:
  • Sudden need to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Need to urinate during the night
  • Inability to hold back urine
  • Pain or burning

These symptoms may also be symptoms of other conditions, so please consult your doctor.

Diagnosis

You may first notice symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH) yourself, or your doctor may find that your prostate is enlarged during a routine checkup. Several tests may be performed to identify the problem and decide the best course of treatment. The tests vary from patient to patient, but the following are the most common.

Risk Factors of an Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Listed below are four known risk factors that may affect a man to develop an enlarged prostate :

  • Aging – is the primary risk factor for BPH. While men younger than 40 are rarely affected, approximately half of the men in their 60s experience some symptoms of BPH
  • Nationality – BPH is more common in American and European men than in Asian men
  • Marital status – it is not known why, but men who are married are more likely to develop BPH
  • Heredity – a family history of BPH may increase your risk of developing the condition

Treatments

Several treatments are available. You should discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor.

  • Monitoring your disease
  • Medicines
  • Nonsurgical procedures
  • Surgical procedures

Can an Enlarge Prostate be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent prostate enlargement. It is a common part of aging.

 

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