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An enlarged prostate means the gland has grown bigger. Prostate enlargement happens to almost all men as they get older.
An enlarged prostate is often called benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph). It is not cancer, and it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer.
The treatment you choose will be based on how bad your symptoms are and how much they bother you. Your provider will also take into account other medical problems you may have.
Treatment options include" watchful waiting, lifestyle changes, medicines, or surgery.
If you are over 60, you are more likely to have symptoms. But many men with an enlarged prostate have only minor symptoms. Self-care steps are often enough to make you feel better.
If you have bph, you should have a yearly exam to monitor your symptoms and see if you need changes in treatment.
for mild symptoms:
urinate when you first get the urge. Also, go to the bathroom on a timed schedule even if you don't feel a need to urinate.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially after dinner.
Do not drink a lot of fluid all at once. Spread out fluids during the day. Avoid drinking fluids within 2 hours of bedtime.
Try not to take over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines that contain decongestants or antihistamines. These drugs can increase bph symptoms.
Keep warm and exercise regularly. Cold weather and lack of physical activity may worsen symptoms.
Learn and perform kegel exercises (pelvic strengthening exercises).
Reduce stress. Nervousness and tension can lead to more frequent urination.
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prostate enlargement is common problem after old age. Majority is begin and very small number is malignant one. That prostate cancer and is now days treatable.
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