M.Ch - Urology/Genito-Urinary Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
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Obesity can increase the risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
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The exact cause of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is not known. However, obesity can increase the risk of suffering from this condition. This is because excessive deposits of fat in the body affect hormone production and cell growth. For this reason, it is essential to maintain a healthy body weight. This can be achieved by eating well-balanced meals an exercising regularly. Exercise also helps regulate hormone levels.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is usually diagnosed in men between the ages of
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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is marked by an increase in the size of the prostate gland. The prostate gland continues to grow throughout the life of most men. It rarely causes any symptoms to be noticed before the age of 40. By the time many men turn 60 years old, they begin experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate. By the age of 80 years, most men show symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. There is no sure shot way of preventing this condition.
Use of beta blockers can increase the risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
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Certain medications can increase the risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or aggravate it. Beta blockers are one such type of medication. Cold medication that contains decongestants can also increase the risk of this condition. Adrenergic can also worsen symptoms by keeping the bladder and prostate muscles from relaxing. Antihistamines should also be avoided by men who have a high risk of suffering from this condition. Kegel exercises can help relieve some of the symptoms of this condition.
The male hormone that plays a role in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is called
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Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a male hormone responsible for the growth and development of the prostate gland. Even when the testosterone production is limited, DHT may continue to be produced and accumulated in the body. This hormone encourages prostate cells to multiply and thus contributes to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Men who have had their testicles removed before puberty do not experience Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
Diabetes can increase the risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
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Diabetes can be the cause of prostate problems such as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. This is because the prostate tissue contains insulin-like growth factor. This is affected by fluctuating insulin levels and can, in turn, affect the production of male hormones responsible for prostate growth. It can also aggravate the symptoms being exhibited such as an increased urge to urinate frequently and weak urine stream. Do not change your insulin dosage without your doctor s advice.