An enlarged prostate means that the prostate is enlarged but it is not a cancerous enlargement. In medical circles, the conditions referred to as Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPE).
• Benign – non-cancerous. • Prostatic – to do with the prostate gland. • Enlargement – an increase in the size of the prostate gland.
This condition is very common. In fact, experts believe that over 50% of the men above the age of 50 have a form of prostate enlargement. About 4 out of every 10 men over the age of 50 (40 per cent) and 3 out of 4 men in their 70s (75 per cent) have urinary symptoms that are caused by an enlarged prostate.
In some cases, an enlarged prostate can cause the urethra to be completely blocked and this can slow the flow of urine significantly and in extreme cases stop the flow of urine all together. You don’t want your enlarged prostate to reach this point since most conservative methods of dealing with enlarged prostate will not help if you are already at this point.
What causes an enlarged prostate?
It is not completely known what causes the prostate gland to grow. In fact if you are a medical researcher, this is a good field to venture in because the problem is very common and it will not be hard to get test subjects. There are two main risk factors associated with an enlarged prostate that we already know about;
Age – the risk of developing enlarged prostate increases as you age. In fact it is natural for the prostate to grow bigger around the age of 25 and many of the men with this natural enlargement of the prostate will not get any symptoms whatsoever.
Hormone levels – similarly, as you age your body hormones will change and this may cause the prostate gland to grow bigger. If uncontrolled, this growth may go out of hand but in most cases, it will lead to no or mild symptoms.
This notwithstanding, some researchers have showed that men who are obese and/or men who have diabetes are at a higher risk of having an enlarged prostate. This may be mitigated by changing our lifestyle, exercising and eating healthy.
Like earlier mentioned, the research in prostate is still ongoing and very young for that reason. Some researchers from an American medical school believe that there’s a connection between an enlarged prostate with the genes running down the male members of your family. Further studies are still ongoing to confirm this for sure.
How is an enlarged prostate diagnosed?
The simplest method to diagnose an enlarged prostate is to check out for the signs of prostate problems like we mentioned above. In most cases, waiting for the signs as a form of diagnosis will most likely result in late diagnosis. The best diagnosis is when you go for a routine checkup this ensures that any condition is diagnosed in good time.
What are the treatment options for an enlarged prostate?
Enlarged prostate has various mitigation methods. The three main types of treatment for an enlarged prostate are:
• lifestyle changes • medicines • surgery
Specialists also recommend the use of supplements such as Prostara. This is an all-natural dietary supplement with proprietary blend ingredients that is believed to mitigate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and at the same time working to prevent the symptoms. Users of this supplement have been very positive about its capabilities with most reporting that the supplement has helped;
• Reduce the frequency of urination especially at night. • Relieve urinary tract problems associated with BPH. • Give a steady flow urine stream. • Improve the quality of sexual performance once the symptoms of prostatitis are reduced. • Allow for proper size of the prostate.
Prostate cancer and risk of enlarged prostate
Having an enlarged prostate will not put you at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer. However, the two conditions can co-exist. It is good to note that they also begin at different areas of the prostate gland and thus it is possible to have them concurrently- God forbid.
It is not the end of the road for you if you have an enlarged prostate. The condition is manageable with the proper medication and lifestyle adjustment. The key to the management of this condition is to get an early diagnosis and to live a healthy life.