Because the prostate is a gland, prostate health must be addressed carefully. It’s worthy of note that the prostate helps to produce semen, which is the fluid that contains sperm. It wraps around the urethra, the tube that transfers urine from the bladder to the penis. This means when prostate enlargement occurs, the above functions are also affected.
In another article about prostate health, we talked about the need for both men and women to take the prostate health of men seriously. In this article, I would try and briefly answer certain frequently asked questions about prostate enlargement. Let’s begin.
1/ What is prostate enlargement?
It’s also known as prostate gland enlargement, and it’s a frequent condition that affects men as they become older. An enlarged prostate gland can produce unpleasant urinary symptoms including stopping urine from leaving the bladder. It can also create difficulties with the bladder, urinary tract, or kidneys.
2/ What are the consequences of prostate enlargement?
An enlarged prostate in itself is not something to worry about. The danger comes when you leave it untreated as you’re more likely to get urinary tract infections if your bladder doesn’t empty completely. Other serious issues, such as bladder stones, blood in the urine, incontinence, and acute urinary retention (an inability to urinate), might develop over time
3/ What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
The symptoms of an enlarged prostate include the following:
- Difficulty commencing the urinating process
- A urine stream that is weak or sluggish
- Urgent need to urinate
- A urine stream that starts and stops
- Urination on a regular basis
- Urinating again after a few minutes has passed
- Urinating regularly in the middle of the night
- A sensation that your bladder isn’t emptying completely
- Urinating with difficulty
- Continued dribbling of urine
4/ Is an enlarged prostate even dangerous?
Enlarged prostate shouldn’t be a health threat. All you need to do is treat it. You see, it’s referred to as being “benign”, which comes from Latin and means “good” (the term “malignant” stands for malicious). An enlarged prostate has nothing to do with prostate cancer and does not increase the risk of prostate cancer. However, both diseases often cause similar symptoms at first.
5/ Which prostate size is normal?
While a normal prostate is the size of a chestnut and weighs around 20 grams, benign prostate enlargement can reach the size of an orange with a weight of over 120 grams.
The prostate is usually about four centimeters in diameter, but age or illness can make it significantly larger and heavier over time. As a rule, up to the age of 40, it is very rare for the prostate to enlarge significantly.
6/ What happens if the prostate is taken off?
During an operation, the prostate is made smaller so that it no longer presses on the bladder and urethra. In most procedures, small instruments are passed through the urethra to the prostate to remove tissue or widen the urethra.
7/ How are enlarged prostates treated?
- Most often the drug tamsulosin is used. It relaxes the prostate and bladder muscles, making urination easier. Note that it does not make the prostate small.
- Surgery to reduce the size of the prostate involves the use of various surgical techniques to remove or destroy the prostate tissue.
8/ How can you prevent prostate enlargement?
- Physical activity: Men who walk 2 to 3 hours a week reduce their risk of lower urinary tract complaints, and therefore prostate surgery, by around a quarter each time. With more activity, the probability of an enlarged prostate drops to up to half. That is why I try to do at least 10,000 steps a day.
9/ What foods are bad for the prostate?
The right choice of fat plays a decisive role here, because excessive consumption of saturated fats of animal origin, such as meat, sausage, lard, but also milk and milk products, affects the sex hormones and can thus increase the risk of prostate cancer.
10/ Which food is good for the prostate?
- Eat lots of fiber. These are found in fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole-grain cereal products instead of white flour products.
- Eat products that contain phytoestrogens (flavonoids). Examples are legumes (peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas), soy products (tofu, soybean sprouts, soybean oil), certain drinks (tea, also in moderation wine).
- Eat fish regularly – especially fish such as salmon, sardines, or trout, which contain valuable omega-3 fatty acids.
11/ Is alcohol harmful to the prostate?
Alcohol does not seem to affect the risk of prostate cancer, but it does affect other forms of cancer (e.g. colon cancer). It has a high energy density (many calories) and can therefore increase body weight.
12/ Which drinks are bad for the prostate?
Dehydrating drinks such as alcohol, coffee, or cola are better avoided as a matter of principle, simply because they stimulate urine production. In order to avoid other health problems, however, you have to drink enough fluids during the day. I love to take lots of unsweetened bio tea. What about you try my hibiscus tea, made with dried hibiscus, fresh ginger, cinnamon with a hint of bitter leaf?
Conclusion about prostate enlargement faq’s
From the prostate enlargement frequently asked questions so far, it’s clear that every male is at risk of developing an enlarged prostate, however, those who take their health into their own hands and do something before the worse happens always laugh last. Don’t wait until it’s too late to deal with your prostate.