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Benign Prostate Enlargement: Lifestyle Changes That Can Help

Benign prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition in older men. While not usually a serious health concern, BPH can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as frequent urination and difficulty urinating. In this article, we will discuss lifestyle changes that can help prevent BPH.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing BPH. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can help reduce this risk.
  • Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help prevent BPH by improving overall health and reducing inflammation in the body. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources can help prevent BPH. Limiting red meat and processed foods can also be beneficial.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can irritate the bladder and worsen BPH symptoms. Limiting or avoiding these substances can help reduce symptoms.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help reduce BPH symptoms. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Practice good bathroom habits: Holding in urine can worsen BPH symptoms. It’s important to urinate when you feel the urge and to take your time when emptying your bladder.
  • Manage stress: Stress can worsen BPH symptoms by increasing inflammation in the body. Practising stress-reducing techniques, such as meditation or yoga, can help reduce symptoms.

In conclusion, making lifestyle changes can help prevent BPH and reduce symptoms in men who already have the condition. By maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol and caffeine, staying hydrated, practising good bathroom habits, and managing stress, men can take control of their health and reduce their risk of developing BPH.

Author: Neil A Haldar MBBS MD FRCS

Consultant Urological Surgeon

The Pelvic Specialists

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