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...
BPH; Benign prostatic hypertrophy (hyperplasia); Prostate - enlarged
The choice of a treatment is based on the severity of your symptoms, the extent to which they affect your daily life, and the presence of any other medical conditions. Treatment options include "watchful waiting," lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery.
If you are over 60, you are more likely to have symptoms. But many men with an enlarged prostate have only minor symptoms. Self-care steps are often enough to make you feel better.
If you have BPH, you should have a yearly exam to monitor the progression of your symptoms and determine if any changes in treatment are necessary.
For mild symptoms:
Urinate when you first get the urge. Also, go to the bathroom when you have the chance, even if you don't feel a need to urinate.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially after dinner.
Don't drink a lot of fluid all at once. Spread out flui...
We have heard so much lately about prostate cancer that perhaps it is time to turn back to the basics, and look at BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) , a condition that affects far more men than prostate cancer. Recently, the prostate is a source of much controversy including the significance of PSA testing , the possible development of high grade prostate cancer with the use of medications that are commonly used to shrink prostate cancer and the need to treat prostate cancer. However despite all the controversies surrounding prostate malignancy, the symptoms that occur as a result of BPH are undeniably a continuing source of ongoing concern amongst most middle aged men.
As the prostate grows, the nodules that arise and progress in size, eventually compressing the urethra. The result is symptoms of either obstruction or irritability of the lower urinary tract. Patients may experience a decrease in their force of stream, waking up at night to urinate, frequency of urina...
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