As men age (generally over 40), prostate gland tissue can become enlarged. Although what causes this enlargement isn’t always known, family history, hypertension or a high-fat diet could be related. If you have BHP, it is important to remember that it is not prostate cancer.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor who can recommend testing or treatment as required.
Most aging men (over 60) will experience some symptoms of an enlarged prostate. While it isn’t clear whether the condition can be prevented, a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat is definitely a step in the right direction.
Tomatoes and vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are thought to be particularly helpful in reducing the risks of developing BHP.
Two tests are typically done to determine if the prostate is in fact enlarged or cancerous:
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, BHP can be treated with medication or surgery.
The first medication facilitates urination while the second works on prostate hormones to reduce its size.
In the case of severe BHP symptoms, a minimally invasive surgery through the urethra can be done.
Don’t hesitate to talk to your pharmacist if you are experiencing BHP symptoms. They will be able to provide you with information and help you find a solution.
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