As you age, it can be common to experience an increase in health problems and symptoms associated with aging. And as a male over the age of 40, it is important that you watch for signs of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and treat them to prevent their occurrence and minimize their effects on your health. Here are some common symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, and how you can treat it to lessen its effects.
It is a good idea to watch your health for BPH symptoms as you reach the age of 40, but especially if you are overweight, have diabetes or heart disease, or you have a family history of the condition. One of the most common signs involves your frequency and ability to urinate, as you will often have to urinate more than is normal, such as at night, and you may often feel you need to urinate but cannot. Then, when you urinate, you may not feel like you can completely empty your bladder.
As this condition worsens, these symptoms will usually become more extreme. You may also see signs of blood in your urine or have a urinary tract infection.
When you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis as soon as possible, They can run some lab tests to confirm that BPH is the cause, and begin a treatment to help you and to prevent complications, such as bladder and kidney damage. Your doctor will likely prescribe a treatment of alpha-blockers to relax the muscles of your prostate and bladder, or medications to block the hormones your body produces that cause your prostate to enlarge and reduce the symptoms of the condition.
In addition to taking the right medications, your doctor will likely advise you to watch what you eat. The foods you take in can worsen the condition and also make the symptoms more uncomfortable. For example, avoid red meat, dairy, and drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. You may also need to avoid eating spicy foods, as they can irritate the lining in your bladder and make the symptoms of your BPH worse.
After you remove these BPH-promoting foods from your diet, you should start eating a healthier diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes can be helpful to reduce the symptoms, along with the fiber found in dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, swiss chard, and spinach.