Most Western men will eventually suffer from BPH symptoms, the medical condition known as 'benign prostatic hypertrophy' or 'benign prostatic hyperplasia.'
BPH is a non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland. The enlarged and swollen prostate squeezes the urethra pee tube that it surrounds, causing a whole range of symptoms from very mild to extreme.
Mild symptoms have only a minimal impact on your life. Extreme ones can dominate your day and night with major discomfort and prostate pain.
As the prostate grows larger, it presses against the urethra like a clamp on a garden hose.
This causes the bladder wall to become thicker and irritated. The bladder starts to contract more often even when it contains small amounts of urine. This means you pee more frequently, but less comes out. Try to get a good night's sleep when that happens!
Eventually, the bladder weakens and loses the ability to empty itself. That's when a whole range of uncomfortable to painful symptoms begins.
The extreme version is called acute urinary retention — when you are unable to pee at all! It is the most painful of all the symptoms!
However, you can relieve acute urinary retention by inserting a catheter. If unaddressed, death can result in about two days.
It is possible to have prostate enlargement and prostate cancer at the same time, although it's very rare. Having BPH symptoms does not increase your chances of developing prostate cancer.
These mild urinary symptoms of an enlarged prostate can include any or all of the following:
Other than urinary symptoms, there are also sexual symptoms that can be expected:
As these mild symptoms slowly worsen, some more pronounced or extreme BPH symptoms will result from time to time.
Sadly, these symptoms result in erectile difficulties in some men and reduced sex drive, limiting your ability to have and sustain an erection and ejaculate.
No man wants the feeling of:
Some men will be surprised when their doctor discovers that they have a swollen prostate because they are unaware of these symptoms.
Other men will not experience any enlarged prostate symptoms at all ... until they suddenly find it hard or impossible to go pee!
This condition, called acute urinary retention, can be triggered by several things:
Knowing the BPH symptoms can help you prevent them from happening or cure them if you find yourself suffering from some of them.
Each man has his own unique combination of symptoms. It is important to recognize symptoms early and to make changes to prevent the symptoms from worsening, to heal your body, and to reverse the damage. Ignore all the fear mongering around the prostate.
The message is clear — your health is your wealth!
Prostate health is the key to your functioning as a vital man with a full life and a great sex life into old age.
There is a lot to learn, particularly about diets. Most so-called "healthy" diets may still lead to diseased prostate conditions. In fact, that is exactly what happened to me!
Every person is different, and you need to learn how to tell what foods are right for you. You can get started by reading more here.
It is crucial for men to become informed about symptoms of an enlarged prostate so that they can take preventative actions earlier on. It is also important to have regular prostate checkups with your doctor, including a digital rectal exam and urinary flow tests.
You'll find massive amounts of research, information and links about how to make changes to your diet and lifestyle in my book Healthy Prostate: The Extensive Guide to Prevent and Heal Prostate Problems.
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Written by Ronald M Bazar,
~BCom, McGill University
~MBA, Harvard University
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Note Dear Reader...
You must change your diet by stopping those foods that are triggering your condition and replacing them with new ones that nourish you and your prostate.
Then combined with a high quality supplement, you are putting yourself on the road to healing.
There are no shortcuts. Just good changes and little by little you will get better. My books and this site tells you how.