PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF ENLARGED PROSTATE
What is prostate enlargement?
An enlarged prostate means the gland has grown bigger. As the gland grows, it can press on the urethra and cause urination and bladder problems. An enlarged prostate is often called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy. It is not cancer, and it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer.
The prostate grows in two different ways. In one type of growth, cells multiply around the urethra and create pressure. The second type of growth occurs when cells grow into the urethra and the bladder outlet area. Cells multiply around the urethra Cells grow into the urethra
Causes of an enlarged prostate
Doctors are not 100% sure of the direct causes of an enlarged prostate.
Many medical professionals believe that androgens (hormones like testosterone),
play a direct role in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia. However, the cause of an enlarged prostate is not well understood at all. For this reason, some researchers believe that factors related to aging and the testes may
spur the development of BPH.
Prostate enlargement occurs in almost all men as they get older. However, no definite information on risk factors exists. For centuries, it has been known that prostate enlargement occurs mainly in older men and that it doesn’t develop in men whose testes were removed before puberty. Primary risk factors for an enlarged prostate include:
Aging – The main risk factor, enlarged prostate affects almost 90 percent of men in their seventies and eighties, while more than 50 percent of men who reach their sixties experience symptoms.
Ethnicity – Enlarged prostate is more common among Caucasians of European descent than Asian men.
Heredity – A family history enlarged prostate may make a man more likely to develop the condition, or enlarged prostate may occur because cells in one section of the gland follow genetic instructions and “reawaken” later in life.
Marital status – Men who are married can develop BPH or enlarged prostate more frequently than single men
Medical conditions – Men diagnosed with obesity, heart and circulatory diseases, and type 2 diabetes may be more likely to develop an enlarged prostate.
The majority of prostatic hyperplasia symptoms stem from urethral obstruction and gradual loss of bladder function. It’s important to know that enlarged prostate symptoms rarely manifest before the age of 40. For some men, symptoms might not even occur at all. Plus, the growth of the prostate does not always determine the severity of the condition. Some men with a greatly enlarged prostate experience few problems or symptoms, for example, while others with less large prostates may experience severe obstruction, blockage, and discomfort or pain.
Symptoms of an enlarged prostate
- a urinary stream that starts and stops
- a weak or slow urinary stream
- continued dribbling of urine
- difficulty starting to urinate
- frequent urination (especially at night)
- incomplete emptying of the bladder
- straining to urinate
- urgency to urinate
- urinating again minutes after finishing
During severe cases of an enlarged prostate, acute urinary retention can occur. Acute urinary retention is the inability to urinate. Retention of urine can come on slowly with a progressively worsening stream and lead to eventual overflow incontinence. Acute urinary retention can result in men with enlarged prostates as a result of holding urine in for a long period of time, cold weather, alcohol consumption, a long period of inactivity, or as a reaction to certain types of medicines (allergy meds, decongestants or antihistamines, and some prescription drugs ). The acute (sudden) inability to pass urine is painful and will require medical advice.
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