Benign Prostate Enlargement

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Benign prostate enlargement (often abbreviated to BPE or BPH) is a common condition that tends to affect men over the age of 50.

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While it doesn’t pose any serious risk to your health, it can be unpleasant to deal with - causing a range of problems with urination.

If you’re an older man and are experiencing problems that you think might be being caused by benign prostate enlargement, don’t delay - speak to a doctor online today.

Our GPs can talk through your symptoms, diagnose whether it could be being caused by an enlarged prostate and discuss potential treatment options - from lifestyle changes to prescriptions medication.

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causes of prostate enlargement

What causes benign prostate enlargement?

The cause of benign prostate enlargement isn’t fully understood, but research suggest it’s linked to the hormonal changes that men go through as they age.

Older men tend to experience a decrease in testosterone, while their proportional levels of oestrogen rise. Other explanations suggest increases in the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) seen in this age group could stimulate growth in the prostate.

People who have diabetes or high blood pressure have also been identified as being particularly at risk of developing the condition.

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Treating benign prostate enlargement

Fortunately, there’s a range of treatment options available for BPE, but it’s important to tackle the problem early to risk more serious problems developing later.

How is prostate enlargement treated?

How the condition is addressed depends on how severe your symptoms are, how big your prostate is, how old you are and whether you’re experiencing any other health issues.

The first step is usually addressing any lifestyle-related issues that might be contributing to the problem. These can include cutting down on alcohol, caffeine and doing more exercise.

Medication can also be used in more severe cases, including dutasteride and finasteride, which can reduce the affects of DHT and decrease the size of the prostate. Drugs known as alpha blockers are also commonly prescribed to make it easier to urinate.

Where medication isn’t found to be effective, surgery is used to extract tissue from the prostate or widen the urethra to make urinating easier. Artificial implants are also sometimes used to separate the prostate from the urethra to prevent blockages that prevent urination.

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See a doctor about BPE

If you’re over the age of 50 and are experiencing problems urinating, see a doctor online now.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, find out whether BPE could be to blame and if needed, recommend lifestyle changes or prescribe medication to help tackle the problem.

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