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 ...
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.
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