What You Can Do To Minimize The Effects of an Enlarged Prostate
With age, many men will become aware of increasingly troublesome urinary issues. These problems are often a result of an enlarged prostate or BPH. It is common to do nothing about their symptoms because they believe that can cope with the discomfort. Others are embarrassed or unwilling to see a physician. Either way, ignoring the symptoms of BPH can cause significantly lower quality of life and increase the chance of more serious medical conditions.
It is important to note that treatment by a qualified medical doctor is the best option for anyone suffering from BPH. However there are ways to minimize the effects of BPH or Enlarged Prostate at home.
- Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, meaning they promote urine flow. Increased urine flow can contribute to the frequency and urgency symptoms that bother many men with BPH.
- Limit fluids before bed. Obviously, the more you drink right before bed, the greater the chance of having to urinate through the night – nocturia. Avoiding fluids 2-3 hours before bedtime can reduce the number of trips to the bathroom at night.
- Improved diet and exercise habits can maintain a healthier weight and possibly reduce the incidence of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms.
- Try to urinate often. Whenever you have the opportunity, try to empty your bladder.
It is important to see a physician if you begin to experience the symptoms of BPH. The first course of action may be watchful waiting, to see if the condition progresses. If home remedies have not successfully alleviated the symptoms, your urologist may suggest one of several treatments for BPH including medication, minimally invasive in-office procedures, or surgery.