Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Friday, October 16, 2015

Prostate gland enlargement is a common condition as men get older. This condition is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia and it is the topic of todays 60 Second Housecall with Dr. Edward Hill.

Dr. Hill:

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is an enlargement of the prostate gland that is often a result of aging. This common condition is not cancerous and causes only minor problems in most men.

The severity of symptoms in people who have prostate gland enlargement varies, but symptoms tend to gradually worsen over time. Common signs and symptoms of BPH include:

Frequent or urgent need to urinate

Increased frequency of urination at night

Difficulty starting urination

Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts

Straining while urinating, and

Inability to completely empty the bladder

There are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement, including medications, minimally invasive therapies and surgery. To choose the best option, you and your doctor will consider your symptoms, the size of your prostate and other health conditions you might have.

Theres no proven way to prevent BPH, but there are ways you can keep your prostate healthy. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and visit your doctor as needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.