Prostate is one of the common problems in elderly men .It is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It's supposed to be about the shape and size of a walnut.
It rests below your bladder and in front of your rectum. It surrounds part of the urethra, the tube in your penis that carries pee from your bladder.
Who Might Get an Enlarged Prostate?
BPH is common and cannot be prevented. Age and a family history of BPH are two things that increase the chances you might get it. A few stats on that:
- Some 8 out of every 10 men eventually develop an enlarged prostate.
- About 90% of men over the age of 85 will have BPH.
- About 30% of men will find their symptoms bothersome.
If you have trouble starting to urinate or have to go a lot, especially at night, these could be signals that you have an enlarged prostate. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Your bladder doesn’t empty completely after you pee
- You feel the need to go out of the blue with no sensation of build-up
- You may stop and start several times
- You have to strain to get any flow going
It’s important that you see your doctor if you have early symptoms of BPH. Although rare, it can lead to serious problems such as kidney or bladder damage.
A larger prostate doesn’t mean you’ll have more or worse symptoms. It’s different for each person. In fact, some men with very large prostates have few, if any, issues. But your doctor should be aware either way.
Tips for keeping healthy prostate
1. Maintain a Balanced Diet
They’re probably not your favorite part of any meal, but green, leafy vegetables are a good first step toward a healthy prostate. These vegetables are full of important vitamins and antioxidants that keep you — and specifically, your prostate — healthy.
While you’re filling your plate with these leafy greens, avoid charred meats. There is believed to be a link between PhIP, a chemical compound released when meat is charred, and an increased risk of cancer.
2. Get Some Sun
Don’t ditch the sunscreen, but don’t hide from the sun either. Too little sun exposure can actually increase your risk of getting prostate cancer. We get a lot of valuable vitamin D from the sun, and this is a great way to reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Vitamin D also helps keep us healthy in other ways. It’s good for heart health, and it keeps your kidneys and pancreas healthy.