An enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition in men over the age of 50. It occurs when the prostate gland, which is located below the bladder, grows larger than normal. This can cause a variety of symptoms, such as difficulty urinating, frequent urination, and a weak urine stream. While the exact cause of an enlarged prostate is unknown, there are several factors that may increase your risk of developing it.
These include age, family history, obesity, and diabetes. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for an enlarged prostate. Alpha-blockers are medications that relax the muscles of the bladder, neck, and prostate. Most people who take alpha-blockers notice an improvement in their symptoms within 3 to 7 days.
If medications don't work or the prostate is too large, surgery may be necessary to remove enough of the prostate to provide relief. Laser therapy is another option that can be used to destroy or remove prostate tissue that has grown too large. In addition to medical treatments, there are also some herbal remedies that may help reduce symptoms of an enlarged prostate. These include beta-sitosterol, pygeum and rye grass extracts.
However, it's important to note that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved any herbal medications for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. Finally, it's important to note that while we still need more research on the causes of prostate enlargement, some studies suggest that you may be at greater risk if your father or brother has one. If you're concerned about your risk of developing an enlarged prostate, talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.