Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Prostate gland enlargement is a common condition as men get older. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition, which is also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

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.

Since the prostate is just below the bladder, its enlargement can result in symptoms that irritate or obstruct the bladder. When this happens, the flow of urine is partly or completely blocked. As a result, the bladder may never totally empty, causing a buildup of urine. This can lead to a urinary tract infection, or complete obstruction of bladder emptying.

Medications are commonly used to treat an enlarged prostate. In some cases, part of the prostate may be removed if emptying problems and urinary tract infections dont go away.

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. Over the counter medications like Benadryl or cold preparations that contain antihistamines can cause prostate obstruction.

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