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In 1992, Merck introduced a revolutionary drug finasteride (Proscar) . This drug was the first drug introduced that reduces the size of the prostate, rather than treating the symptoms (like doxazosin and tamsulosin do). By reducing the volume of the prostate, the tension on the urethra caused by the enlargement of the gland is diminished and symptoms as a result of prostatic enlargement are diminished. Symptoms do not dissipate immediately when using this drug, but rather it takes 6-12 months until patients notice significant improvement in their symptoms. This drug is in the category of a 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor (5-ARI). These drugs work by interfering with the metabolism of testosterone to a byproduct know as dihhydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the potent byproduct that is responsible for facial and body hair growth, deepening of the voice, and prostatic growth. DHT also plays a role in male pattern balding and acne development. The drug Propecia (a form of finaster...
Consider this the case of the incredible shrinking brain – and there’s a possibility you can head it off at the pass.
Type 2 diabetes – which has been identified as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease – also may pose a threat to your brain’s size, according to new research. This study out of the University of Pennsylvania involved 614 participants who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for an average of 10 years. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were used to look at the participants’ brains.
These scans showed that there was participants who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for the longest period of time experienced more brain shrinkage. Furthermore, the scans revealed that the physiological changes in these brains were estimated to be the equivalent of what is seen in a brain that was at least two years older than the participants' actual age. The brains of participants who were the same age and who didn’t have...
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...
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