Keeping a stiff upper has long been a hallmark of masculinity. ‘Real men’, we are told, hide their feelings. It’s precisely this unrealistic expectation we place on the male of the species that is responsible for so many men putting off getting tested for prostate cancer until it is too late. That, and fear of what the result will be.
They fool themselves that it’s perfectly normal to keep running to the toilet or to stand at the urinal for 10 minutes, with nothing more than a dribble coming out.
Read Jeremy Clarke’s searing account of his prostate cancer treatment in this week’s Mail — from testosterone depletion to growing breasts — was so brave. Like many other men, he had left it too late before he got the dreaded diagnosis.
The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ about the size of a walnut whose main function is to secrete semen.
But it can cause problems out of all proportion to its size when it becomes cancerous, so it’s suprising that it hardly got a mention when I was at medical school. It wasn’t until I was a junior doctor in A&E that I started to appreciate how important it can be. […..] Read more
How to treat an Enlarged Prostrate
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, better known as prostate enlargement or BPH, is an incredibly common medical problem in which the prostate grows in size. Though the severity differs for all of the affected, up to 90% of males will develop BPH by age 80, with many experiencing it far earlier.
BPH is a well-researched and treatable disease, and while it can often be managed through simple home remedies, professional help is available for those with more severe symptoms.
Get active and exercise frequently
To help with an enlarged prostate, make sure you’re staying active and engaged through mild, low-intensity activities like walking. Look for exercises that put your waist and legs to work through gentle motions, bringing circulation to the area around your pelvis.
- Avoid generally stressful exercises, like heavy weight training, and exercises that add extreme, repetitive stress to the pelvic area, like cycling and rowing. These can irritate the area around the prostate and make your symptoms worse.
- Kegel exercises, like tightening the muscles around your scrotum and anus, can help strengthen your pelvic region and reduce symptoms of BPH.
Lower the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume.
Coffee, soda, energy drinks, hot cocoa, tea, alcohol, and similar diuretics can weaken your bladder and add to any urination problems you’re already experiencing. Cut down the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink, taking particular care to not consume any 3 to 4 hours before bed.
- If you have trouble cutting down, try slowly reducing your intake over a series of multiple weeks.
- Switch to non-caffeinated beverages if you have trouble cutting out sugar.
The most common effects of BPH involve slow or frequent urination. To combat this, work on retraining your muscles whenever you have to use the restroom. Some simple ways to do this include:
- Hold in your urine for a small period of time whenever you have to pee. Start by holding for 1 to 2 minutes, then add more minutes once you can hold it successfully.
- Waiting a few minutes after peeing to try and make more urine come out, known as double-voiding.
Alpha blockers are specialty drugs that can help your bladder muscles relax, relieving some symptoms of BPH and making urination easier. Alpha blockers are most effective for those with moderate prostate enlargement. Ask your doctor about prescription drugs like terazosin, doxazosin, tamsulosin, and alfuzosin.
- Because alpha blockers were originally used for people with high blood pressure, the most common symptom experienced is decreased blood pressure.
- Alpha blockers can lead to decreased ejaculation and should not be combined with erectile dysfunction medication.
- Check with your doctor before using alpha blockers with erectile dysfunction medication, blood pressure medication, medicine to treat HIV/AIDS, antibiotics, antidepressants, or water pills. Special thanks to Janice Litza, MD for this review.
Stop scaring yourself, make that appointment with your doctor it will save your life.
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