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HBP : Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BHP or Prostatitis)

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BPH: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Prostatitis)

 

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.

 

Symptoms of BHP (prostatitis) 

  • More frequent urination
  • Incomplete emptying of bladder when urinating
  • Difficulty controlling the urge to urinate or incontinence (cannot stop urination)
  • Difficulty stopping and then restarting urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Cloudy urine

If you have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor who can recommend testing or treatment as required.

 

Prevention

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.

 

Testing for BHP and prostatitis 

Two tests are typically done to determine if the prostate is in fact enlarged or cancerous:

  • A digital rectal examination (DRE)
  • A blood test to test levels of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate

Treatment of BHP and prostatitis 

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, BHP can be treated with medication or surgery.

Medication: Alpha-blocker or 5-alpha-reductase

The first medication facilitates urination while the second works on prostate hormones to reduce its size.

Prostate surgery

In the case of severe BHP symptoms, a minimally invasive surgery through the urethra can be done.

 

Pharmacy services

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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