Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. As the prostate gland enlarges, the gland and press against the urethra leading to urinary tract symptoms.

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Benign Prostate Hyperplasia(BPH) is the most common prostatic related problem for men older than 50. The causes of BPH are unclear, but hormonal changes are thought to play a role. For example studies have shown that men with BPH have higher levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone responsible for prostate growth and development.

Who is most likely to develop BPH?

  • Men age 40 +
  • Positive family history of BPH
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes are risk factors for BPH

BPH often obstructs the flow of urine through the urethra, as a result the bladder wall becomes thicker. Eventually, the bladder may weaken and lose the ability to empty completely, leaving urine in the bladder.

Other symptoms include:

  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Trouble starting a urine stream
  • Weak or interrupted urine stream
  • Increased urinary frequency during sleep (nocturia)
  • The accidental loss of urine
  • Pain during urination or after ejaculation

How can naturopathic medicine provide support?

Treatment of BPH varies based on the patient and underlying conditions. Naturopathic medicine takes a comprehensive approach and recognizes that each case is unique.

Treatment options include:

  • Dietary changes
  • Exercise prescription
  • Botanical medicine
  • Nutraceuticals