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Enlarged Prostate - Frequently Asked Questions

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What symptoms should cause me to seek medical advice?

Common signs to look for include difficulty in passing urine, a weak flow or a flow that stops and starts, having to wait before you go, urgency or frequency, or having to get up at night to urinate.  

What changes occur as the prostate ages?

The prostate gland surrounds the tube (urethra) that passes urine. With age, this may become a source of problems for a couple reasons. The prostate tends to grow larger with age and may squeeze the urethra or a tumor can make the prostate bigger.

These described changes, or an infection, can occur and lead to problems passing urine. In some cases, men in their 30s and 40s may begin to experience a few of these urinary symptoms and need medical attention. Others may not experience symptoms until much later in life. Regardless of age, tell your doctor if you experience any urinary problems.

What steps can I take to help prevent prostate problems?

  • Lower intake of most meats and dairy products, along with decreased sugar and starch intake. Common foods associated with increased estrogen levels.

  • Moderate physical exercise and regular ejaculation also appear to contribute to prostate health.