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A recent study from the Stritch School of Medicine has suggested that patients who have symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), such as nocturia (waking up at night to urinate), may benefit from physical activity. These researchers identified that men with BPH who were active one or more hours/week were 13% less likely to experience nocturia, and 34% less likely to report severe nocturia compared to those patients who did not participate in any physical activity.
What is it about physical activity that results in these patients with a large prostate urinate less frequently? Although nobody has identified a specific chemical factor that is released with exercise that results in the improvement of the symptoms of BPH, we can speculate as to why exercise may have this beneficial effect.
Perhaps the easiest explanation for this finding is the general overall benefit that exercise may invoke. Diabetics who exercise may help their underlying ...
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
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