A man's prostate gland usually starts
to enlarge after he reaches age 40 years or middle age. This
condition is called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH).
The prostate gland, which is normally about the size and shape
of a walnut, wraps around the urethra between the pubic bone and
the rectum, below the bladder. In the early stage of prostate
enlargement, the bladder muscle forces urine through the
narrowed urethra by contracting more powerfully. As a result,
the bladder muscle becomes thicker and more sensitive, causing a
need to urinate more often.
The prostate gland secretes
a fluid that is discharged with sperm. The gland itself
surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from
the bladder out through the tip of the penis. As the prostate
grows larger, it may press on the urethra. This narrowing of the
urethra can cause some men with prostate enlargement to have
trouble with urination. Prostate enlargement may be the most
common health problem in men older than 60 years.
Many men with an enlarged prostate have no
symptoms. Common symptoms may include the following:
Difficulty starting urination
Dribbling of urine, especially after urinating
A sense of not emptying the bladder
Leaking of urine
More frequent urination and a strong and sudden desire to
urinate, especially at night
Blood in the urine
drinking more liquids after 6 pm to reduce the need to
urinate frequently during the night.
8 glasses of water a day to help prevent bacteria
from accumulating in the bladder.
cranberry juice 4 times a day to increase the
acidity of the urine, especially if you feel a
urinary tract infection coming on.
||Hot spices are to be
strictly avoided. The patient should be given as much
water as possible to drink. Fresh lemon juice, fresh
coconut water, orange juice, sugarcane juice and
pineapple juice are extremely useful in this condition.
The patient should be given fruits like apple, grapes,
peaches and plums in good quantity.
||The patient should not
expose himself to sun or heat. Excessive perspiration
takes away lot of water from the body and the urine thus
becomes concentrated. Passage of this concentrated urine
through the urinary tract causes irritation and gives
rise to burning sensation.
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