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The Most Common Prostate Problem for Men Over 50

What is the most common prostate problem for men older than age 50? If you said BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), or an enlarged prostate, you’d be right. When a man reaches his mid-40s, the area of the prostate that encircles the urethra begins to grow. By about age 70, the average prostate has doubled in size.…

What You Should Know About Saw Palmetto for BPH

Some men elect to use dietary supplements that contain substances derived from plants or minerals to manage symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, enlargement of the prostate gland). Saw palmetto is the most well-known remedy. A purported benefit is that it shrinks the prostate and reduces symptoms, such as urgent urination or urinary leaking. But just…

When to Consider Watchful Waiting for BPH

Because the course of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is unpredictable, watchful waiting is often best for men with minimal symptoms that are not especially bothersome—for the time being. Understand that symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate could stay the same for a long time, worsen, or even improve. Unfortunately, for most men, steady improvement is not…

Prostate Artery Embolization for BPH

Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition also known as an enlarged prostate. The procedure blocks blood flow to the prostate, causing the organ to shrink, and, in a few days, leading to improvement of lower urinary tract symptoms. But how does it compare to transurethral resection of…

Why an Enlarged Prostate Might Lead to Urinary Troubles

Among other problems, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can rob you of sleep and make you miserable and anxious, with all the extra toilet trips and time spent desperately searching for bathrooms in public places. But if BPH, also known as an enlarged prostate, is a prostate problem, why does it cause urinary symptoms?

Study Examines 5-ARIs and Mortality Risk

Men who use 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) to relieve lower urinary tract symptoms from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are at no greater risk of dying of prostate cancer or any other cause than men treated with alpha blockers, according to a study in Urology.

Do You Have BPH? Lab Tests Your Doctor May Order

Some reports indicate that up to 30 percent of men who undergo surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—also known as an enlarged prostate—are found not to have prostate obstruction. In other words, their symptoms were caused by something other than BPH. An accurate diagnosis is important; following are lab tests your doctor may order to help…

Certain Drugs for an Enlarged Prostate May Delay Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

A prostate cancer diagnosis may be delayed in men who use certain drugs for an enlarged prostate, according to a 2019 study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Here’s how your doctor can reduce that risk.

Study Links Two BPH Drugs to Increased Risk of Diabetes

Men who take finasteride or the closely related dutasteride for an enlarged prostate should be monitored for type 2 diabetes, because these drugs increase the risk of this disease, according to a study published in 2019 in the journal BMJ.

Do You Have BPH? How to Recognize the Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate

Are your urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate? Here's what you should know if you're a male who's middle-aged or beyond.