George Bernard Shaw
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”
Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE) is the medical term to describe an enlarged prostate, a condition that can affect how you urinate.
BPE is common in men aged over 50. It’s not Cancer, and it’s not usually a serious threat to health. Many men worry it means they have an increased risk of developing Prostate Cancer, but it does not increase risk.
The cause of BPE is unknown, but hormonal changes as a man gets older may cause the Prostate to grow.
Mild symptoms do not usually require immediate treatment, simply regular check-ups.
Lifestyle changes can help, such as: drinking less alcohol & caffeinated drinks, limiting artificial sweetener intake, exercising regularly and drinking less in the evening.
When a patient is more symptomatic, medication will help the Prostate shrink in size and relax the Bladder to reduce symptoms.
Surgery is usually only recommended when symptoms have not responded to lifestyle changes or medication.