Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

If you’re a man after forty and you’re having trouble urinating, I would advise you to get to your doctor immediately – but don’t assume the worst. While it’s important to be aware that prostate cancer is a serious danger that we men face in life, it could well be that what you’re suffering from is the very common condition of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

The word ‘benign’ in benign prostatic hyperplasia, or prostate adenoma as it is sometimes known, should tell you that this is not usually life-threatening. It’s simply an enlargement of the prostate and it affects a lot of us as we get older.

In case you’re not sure of what the prostate is, it’s quite a large gland located between the penis and the bladder. Its function is to provide the white fluid that is mixed with sperm, from the testicles, to make semen.

The prostate actually surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder and out through the penis. When the gland becomes enlarged, it presses on the urethra and the bladder, and so affects urination.

We can’t be sure what causes BPH but it seems to be linked to natural hormonal changes as we age and most of us will experience it to some extent. The good news is that BPH does not in any way increase our chances of developing prostate cancer.

Symptoms can include:

After diagnosing the condition, your doctor will be able to tell you whether you need to take medication for it and will arrange regular check-ups to keep it under observation. In very serious cases surgery may be needed. For most of us, benign prostatic hyperplasia can be controlled through lifestyle changes

. These may include:

Scientific evidence suggests that eating a healthy diet, rich in vegetables and protein but low in red meat and fat, can reduce the chances of developing prostate enlargement. The healthiest forms of protein include fish, soya, tofu, eggs, milk, cheese and chicken.

I for one will be bearing all of these lifestyle suggestions in mind, as they seem like very healthy changes for our entire body. And this in turn is what the holistic medicine is all about.

See also: Home Remedies For BPH Treatment

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