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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

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2017/10/10

Previously called hypertrophy, benign prostatic hyperplasia is a definition for prostate enlargement. The term “benign” means that this enlargement is not a cancer, and it has nothing to do with the severity of the symptoms. BPH has mostly urinary consequences because the inflated prostate squeezes the urethra. Men therefore have difficulty urinating, with a low urinary flow despite a feeling of urgency and an incapacity to empty the bladder, as well as a frequent need to urinate at night.

 

Symptoms: DIFFICULTY WITH URINATION – FREQUENT NIGHT TIME URINATION – FEELING OF NOT EMPTYING THE BLADDER

HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS:

DIET

The first goal in the treatment of BPH is to supply essential nutrients for prostate functions and support male hormonal regulation, preventing testosterone conversion to its active form, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Adding soy foods to the diet is a natural way to get isoflavones and beta-sisterol, which help fight the unwanted effect of DHT on prostate growth.

Also, the diet should ideally be rich in lean proteins, zinc (pumpkin seeds, pacific oyster, wheat germ, calf liver, legumes, etc.) and free of caffeine and alcohol (especially beer). Antioxidants should also have their place in the diet by choosing from colourful, fresh vegetables and fruits. Good fats found in fish and cold-pressed oil are also essential to a proper prostate functioning.

 

BASIC ADVICE

Limit your intake of liquid in the evening, in order not to aggravate night time urination. Cycling compresses the prostate and can aggravate symptoms. Privilege walking as a physical activity, since it reduces urinary retention. Lifting heavy weight increases the pressure onto the bladder and can enhance urinary discomfort. Of note, urinary retention can lead to urinary tract infections. Consume cranberry products for prevention in your diet.

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