BPH can be easily prevented. Learn how you can avoid suffering from the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common disease as men age. Its symptoms will include difficulty urinating or they urinate too often. Not all cases of BPH will lead to prostate cancer. Unfortunately, for my father, his enlarged prostate led to stage 1 prostate cancer. Currently, he’s suffering from the complications of stage 4 cancer of the prostate gland.
I’m not going to talk about my father’s case here. Instead, I’ll be sharing to you the strategies that you can apply to prevent this disease from creating a problem to your health. Some of them are supplied by my father’s urologist while others are taken from other sources.
Before I’ll tackle the prevention keys, it’s important to understand the cause of BPH.
What causes prostate gland to enlarge?
According to Mayo Clinic, enlargement of the prostate is caused by hormones, specifically oestrogen and testosterone.
The symptoms that you must watch for will include the following:
- Increase urgency to urinate, especially during nighttime
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Weaker urine stream
What are the possible drugs to treat BPH?
There are several drugs available for BPH. Your doctor may prescribe finasteride, prazosin, tamsulosin and terazosin.
Among these drugs, finasteride is the most common medication for this condition. What it does is that it blocks a certain enzyme to convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Because DHT is more potent than testosterone, it causes the prostate gland to grow.
By lowering the levels of DHT in the body, the risk of suffering from prostate cancer will be greatly reduced.
The other drugs mentioned are alpha blockers that act in a different way. They target the muscles in the gland, bladder neck and urethra. As a result, they can reduce or reverse symptoms of BPH.
Most of the time, doctors prescribe an alpha-blocker and finasteride to their patients to further improve their condition.
What can you do to prevent BPH from affecting your health?
Consume more vegetables.
Aim for veggies that are high in vitamin C and lutein. You can find them in capsicums and spinach.
Opt for linseed and soy.
These two have phytoestronges that can safeguard your prostate gland against BPH as they block the enzyme from converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. In this way, prostate cell overgrowth can be prevented. Why do you think men living in Western countries have higher cases of BPH than those living in Asian countries?
Avoid unhealthy snacks, especially sugary ones
Although they don’t directly cause enlargement of the prostate, they can lead to obesity. According to several studies, men who are obese are more likely to develop BPH symptoms than those men who are of normal weight.
Also, men with high blood sugar levels are said to be 3 times more likely to suffer from BPH than men with normal levels of sugar in their blood.
Several studies showed that exercise can prevent BPH. Men who burn the most calories each week are less likely to develop symptoms of this disease. One great exercise you can try is swimming. Spending 2 hours of your time through swimming laps can help you burn at least 5275 kilojoules.
Lower your cholesterol
BPH can be easily prevented. By following a healthy diet and a regular exercise, you can avoid suffering from this medical condition.
It’s also a must that you visit your physician on a regular basis. And if you already have BPH or, worse, prostate cancer, you must follow what your doctor has ordered. You may take herbs but don’t forget to use the prescribed drugs.