Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is more commonly known as an enlarged prostate. It’s a common middle age condition and men over 50 primarily get it, with most men having it by the time they are 80 years old.
What causes BPH is unclear, although there are four theories. They are
- Aging triggers it. Dr. Elson M. Haas claims in his book Staying Healthy With Nutrition that if aging is the cause, it is caused by “low zinc (and cadmium toxicity) and that regular zinc supplementation may prevent this common problem.”
- Certain cells “reawaken” in the prostrate and cause it to grow.
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is produced in large amounts by older men and that is what causes the prostate to enlarge.
- Testoterone levels become low and estrogen levels become high, which causes the prostate to grow.
Symptoms of BPH include:
- Difficulty or hesitancy in starting the urine flowing
- Frequent urination
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
- Leaking after urination
- Nighttime urination
- Straining during urination
- Urgency in urination or inability to stop it
- Weak urine stream
Those men who are inclined towards PBH include:
- American or European Nationality
- Family History of the Disease
- Married Men
- Men over 50
BPH is a progressive disease if left untreated. In addition, the above symptoms may also indicate other serious problems, such as prostate cancer, so you should visit your doctor if you have symptoms. You can also take a symptoms quiz at Uroxatral to help you determine whether or not you have a BPH problem.
Treatments include the following:
- Lifestyle Changes. Reduce fluid intake before bedtime, develop routine voiding schedules, and avoid caffeine or alcohol products.
- Medications. Doctors usually prescribe Alpha Blockers or 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors. On the alternative front, herbal medicines shown in studies to be effective include Pygeum (Prunus Africana), African Star Grass (Hypoxis Rooperi), and Rye Flower Pollen (Cernilton).
- Surgery. One surgery involves the removal of part of the prostate and is called transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Other surgeries that are less invasive are transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP), transurethral needle ablation (TUNA), and transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT). There are also some new laser options, photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) and holmium laser ablation of the prostate (HoLAP). For more information, talk to your doctor.