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Basic Prostate Info - Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Usually, the prostate works seamlessly for much of a manís lifetime. But somewhere around the age of fifty, it becomes troublesome.

Unlike many other organs in the body that stop growing at an early age and rarely grow again, the prostate can initiate new growth later in life. It is this late-life growth, called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), or simply, prostate enlargement, that causes the bulk of prostate problems in middle-aged and older men. Enlargement of the prostate due to new growth can constrict the urethra, resulting in a reduced flow of urine. In severe cases, the excess growth can totally block the flow of urine through the urethra, resulting in a medical emergency.

BPH is quite common in men over fifty and according to many experts, its incidence roughly parallels menís age groups. Approximately 50 percent of men suffer from it in their fifties, and this percentage increases to about 80 percent of men in their eighties.

For many men prostate growth begins in their late thirties with symptoms that are barely noticeable. Eventually though, the growth begins to interfere with prostatic or urinary function and symptoms appear. Symptoms of BPH typically include a frequent need or urgency to urinate, difficulty in starting or stopping urination, urine leakage, a weak, interrupted or split urine stream, blood in the urine, inability to void completely (urinary retention), and increased interruption of normal sleep due to the need to urinate (nocturia). Symptoms can also include erectile or orgasmic dysfunction. The most serious problem occurs when the condition progresses and interferes substantially with normal urinary flow. In severe cases, urinary retention can cause kidney problems, or the flow of urine can be totally blocked, requiring immediate medical intervention.

BPH can be helped by various natural supplements

Also, see BPH and Prostatitis in the Links area.