Men’s Health

Men and women share many lifestyle risks and the resulting diseases that accompany them. However, some studies show that men are more likely to ignore the warning signs of major illness and this delay can allow the condition to get worse. While there are serious diseases that rarely show symptoms until very late in the progress of the condition, and therefore need regular screening tests, there are other health problems that can be managed when symptoms are recognized early on.

A common condition unique to men is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. This occurs when the prostate gland becomes enlarged and because it is located near the bladder it can slow the flow of urine significantly. When there is a weak urine stream, trouble with urination, frequent urges to pee, waking often at night to go to the bathroom or a feeling that the bladder never quite empties, these can be signs of BPH.

While BPH is probably a part of growing older for men, it may also be triggered by changes to hormone levels. The symptom severity can be different for each person with some men experiencing little or no signs of BPH. Occasionally, the symptoms are worsened by cold weather or stress and thus may disappear when the weather or stress levels change but this easing of signs is no reason to ignore them. Regular examination by a doctor at the annual physical will uncover non-symptomatic BPH but when the symptoms do occur, it is important to have this treated.

There are some things that can help manage the symptoms while BPH is being treated. These include: sitting to urinate, drinks sufficient fluids throughout the day (trying to reduce urine by drinking less can cause dehydration), don’t drink late in the evening and go to the toilet before bedtime.

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