Oftentimes, it doesn’t start as anything. Maybe a few more trips to the bathroom after a drink or the occasional need to urinate during the night.
But things can get worse, and the slope may be quicker than you’d expect. That’s why it is worth monitoring symptoms when they begin so you can try your best to slow their progression.
You can start by booking a visit to the doctor to discuss your symptoms and run a few tests. They can identify if your symptoms are related to a growing prostate or potentially being caused by an infection.
Your doctor doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all of your efforts, though. If they have determined that your symptoms are being caused by an enlarged prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), there some lifestyle changes you can make that might help keep symptoms light or prevent them from worsening.
Some of the changes you can implement to reduce the impact of BPH on your life include:
- Limiting fluid intake in the evening. Have some water with dinner or if you’re feeling extremely thirsty, but try to severely limit nighttime drinking. If you do feel thirsty, avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
- If you’re in fear of leaking or strong uncontrollable urges to urinate, avoid drinking liquids before going out or starting a trip.
- Go to the bathroom as soon as the urge hits. Holding urine can lead to weaker bladder muscles and other potential issues.
- Create a bathroom schedule and stick with it, even when you don’t feel the urge to go.
- When you go to the bathroom, take your time. Wait for your bladder to fully empty. This can reduce the need for multiple toilet trips.
You can also try to exercise more and eat a healthier diet, made up of fruits vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Avoiding processed foods that can promote is inflammation is also highly recommended.