BPH can disrupt life, but with proper care and the right fluid treatment, most men can minimize their symptoms and live comfortably with an enlarged prostate. Treatment is based on the severity of the symptoms, how much they bother the patient, and whether there are complications. The more irritating the symptoms, the more aggressive the treatment should be. Having an enlarged prostate affects everyone differently.
Some men can control mild symptoms without treatment, while others find that they need to stay close to a bathroom. This can make it difficult to work, drive, be outdoors, and attend social events. If you need to go to the bathroom a lot during the night, this can affect your sleep and make you feel more tired during the day. There are several treatment options available to help reduce the severity of symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
A man experiencing symptoms should explore the available options with his doctor. Treatments may include medications, surgical options, and home remedies or lifestyle changes. You may not have all of these symptoms, and some men with an enlarged prostate don't have any symptoms at all. Some studies show that obese men and those with diabetes may be more likely to develop an enlarged prostate.
However, we still need more studies on the causes of prostate enlargement to know for sure if and how we can prevent it. There is also some research that suggests that you may be at greater risk of developing an enlarged prostate if your father or brother has one. Many men will develop an enlarged prostate as they age, because the gland doesn't stop growing throughout their life. The degree of prostate enlargement is not directly related to the severity of the symptoms. Some treatments, such as Kegel exercises, may specifically improve symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.
In general, a man should seek medical attention if he experiences any symptoms of prostate enlargement. The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it is thought to be related to hormonal changes as men age. There are several medications, lifestyle changes, and surgical options available to help reduce the effects of living with an enlarged prostate. While no prescription medication has been approved to treat prostate enlargement, early studies suggest that men who take medications for erectile dysfunction may experience some relief from prostate symptoms.