You may not have realized it, but your prostate has probably been growing since you were 25. It’s possible you’re feeling no symptoms, and it’s business as usual. But it might make your life miserable, or at the very least, give you anxiety about the future.
The natural growth of the prostate gland is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the most common form of prostate enlargement.
As the name suggests, BPH is a benign condition that does not lead to greater problems; however, other prostate health conditions can exist alongside it.
Fifty to 60 percent of men will never develop symptoms of BPH, but it can be a struggle for some of those who do. Symptoms include:
- A weak/hesitant urine stream that may be interrupted
- A strong urgency to urinate. Leaking and dribbling are also possible
- Feeling like the bladder is not emptying following urination
- More frequent need to urinate, particularly at night
To cope with these symptoms, many men look for treatment. There are a host of prescription drugs available, so if one doesn’t work, another will be possible.
Of course, you might not want to take drugs to treat the condition and are looking for other options. In some cases, you may be more concerned about preventing symptomatic BPH and looking for tips.
Well, we’ve got you covered.
Some men who are anxious, nervous, or tense often tend to urinate more frequently. Stress reduction activities like meditation, mindfulness, and other relaxation techniques may help.
Exercise, like lifting weights and/or cardiovascular activities like walking, swimming, cycling, etc., can also be relaxing. Physical activity is also associated with fewer BPH symptoms.
When you go to the bathroom, focus on emptying your bladder. If it takes a little extra time to get everything out, take it. It may reduce the need for more follow-up trips.
Talk to your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medication you might be taking – not for your prostate, but for anything. Some drugs may be contributing to the problem, and your doctor may be able to recommend alternatives, adjust dosages, or change the schedule you’re taking them.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and healthy fats and low in processed foods may also have an impact. Avoiding fluids in the evening may also help prevent, or at least reduce, nighttime trips to the bathroom.