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Every man over the age of 50 should keep a check on his prostate health. Here’s why

The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland and is a part of male reproductive system. t surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside.

fitness Updated: Sep 23, 2017 14:35 IST
Asian News International, New Delhi
BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia),Prostate Cancer,Prostate Health
BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a very common phenomenon with aging. By 60 years of age, more than 50% of men develop BPH and by age of 85 years, nearly 90% of men will have BPH.(Shutterstock)

Constant need to urinate, increased frequency of urination at night, inability to completely empty the bladder and many such urinary problems can irritate you and take a toll on normal health. Before it gets worse, pay attention to your prostate health.

The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland and is a part of male reproductive system. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside. As the prostate gland enlarges it tightens around the urethra, almost squeezing it like pinching a straw. This, in turn, may cause urinary symptoms. This condition is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH interferes with the normal flow of urine, thus causing uncomfortable symptoms like frequent visit to the toilet, especially during the night, an urgent need to urinate, a feeling of incomplete urination, a weak or interrupted urinary flow etc. These symptoms negatively affect the quality of life of patients.

BPH is a very common phenomenon with aging. By 60 years of age, more than 50% of men develop BPH and by age of 85 years, nearly 90% of men will have BPH.

There are two types of medicines. One is to reduce the size of the prostate and reduce its growth. Another group of medicines help to relax the prostate to make the urine flow better. These drugs bring lot of relief of the urinary problems of the patients. Their effects are immediate but these drugs have to be consumed daily for a long term. The choice of treatment depends on patient’s condition and may vary depending on the severity.

The symptoms of BPH which are often called lower urinary tract symptoms include:

•The need to urinate more often than usual

•The need to wake up at night to urinate

•The sudden need to urinate and having trouble postponing it

•Any involuntary loss of urine

•A weak stream of urine

•Splitting or spraying of the urine stream

•The flow of urine starts and stops

•Straining when urinating

These symptoms can be very bothersome and have a negative impact on social life, personal relationships and sex life.

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First Published: Sep 23, 2017 14:04 IST