Schmidt , HealthCentral's Incontinence Expert
Although women are twice as likely as men to experience
incontinence, that doesnt mean that we should ignore our male
counterparts when it comes to this life-altering condition. As
always, its hard to find stats on incontinence, but one UK
site reported that 5 to 7% of men under 64 and 10 to 20% of men
over 64 experience some kind of urinary leakage. The Mens
Health Network, a non-profit committed to improving the health and
wellness of men, has declared this as Mens Health Week. With
Fathers Day right around the corner, the timing couldnt
be better to think about the men in our lives.
Men, as well as women, can experience incontinence for a variety
of reasons. However, one of the major contributing causes to
incontinence in men is prostate problems. According to the National
Institutes of Health, The prostate is a male gland about the
size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra...
Risk Factors Age Age is the major risk factor for BPH. Over half of men develop BPH by age 60 and about 85% of men have BPH by age 85. It is uncommon for BPH to cause symptoms before age 40. Family History A family history of BPH appears to increase a man's chance of developing the condition. Heart Disease Risk Factors and BPH Some evidence indicates that the same risk factors associated with heart disease may increase the risk of developing BPH. These risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, diabetes, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Lifestyle factors that are unhealthy for the heart (lack of physical activity, cigarette smoking, poor diet) may also possibly increase BPH risk or worsen its symptoms.
Symptoms Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are categorized either as voiding (formerly called obstructive) or storage (formerly called irritative) symptoms. BPH is often, but not always, the cause of LUTS, especially the voiding symptoms. Other medical conditions, such as bladder problems, can also cause these symptoms. Some men with BPH may have few or no symptoms. The size of the prostate does not determine symptom severity. An enlarged prostate may be accompanied by few symptoms, while severe LUTS may be present with normal or even small prostates. Voiding (Obstructive) Symptoms Voiding symptoms can be caused by an obstruction in the urinary tract, which may be due to BPH. (Obstruction is the most serious complication of BPH and requires medical attention.) Voiding symptoms include: A hesitation before urine flow starts despite the urgency to urinate Straining when urinating Weak or intermittent urinary stream A sense that the bladder has not emptied completely Dribbling at the end of uri...
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