Prostate enlargement is a condition which mainly occurs in older men when their walnut sized prostate increases in size. If an enlarged prostate is not treated well in time it can have adverse effects on the urinary tract and the kidneys.
Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatic hypertrophy, prostate gland enlargement can severely affect the urinary system of your body.
Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate:
Your body starts sending you signals when there is an enlargement in the prostate. There can be many signs which you need to understand in order to take timely precautionary measures.
Some of the symptoms which will help you detect enlarged prostate are:
1. Irregular flow of urine: The enlarged prostate which presses the urethra makes it difficult for the urine to flow freely. Even after the urine starts the flow can be irregular.
2. The urge to urinate frequently: When your visits to the bathroom become more frequent you must consider to see a doctor. This is the most common of all symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
3. Little flow of urine: An enlarged prostate presses against the urethra which carries the urine. This makes it difficult to urinate and causes strain while urinating. This leads to retention of urine in the bladder and causes pain.
4. Urgent need to urinate all the time: The nerves inside your bladder may not function properly and send a signal to the brain. This leads to an urgent need to urinate.
5. Unable to empty bladder completely: The time taken to urinate and empty your bladder may increase considerably. Even after spending a lot of time urinating, you may still feel that your bladder is still filled with urine.
Who is at risk?
1. Hereditary: If the condition prevails in your family and if your blood relatives are suffering through an enlarged prostate, you too are at a risk of encountering the problem.
2. Old age: Men who are less 40 years are at a very minimal risk of prostate enlargement. While at 55 years, the chances increase slightly and by 70 years upwards almost all men become vulnerable to this health condition.
3. Diabetes: Men with diabetes are prone to have enlarged prostate.
Men who are experiencing the above symptoms, it is advisable to see a doctor and receive treatment in time to avoid any severe condition.
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