EMBARRASSING TODAY, PROBLEM TOMORROW

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Prosthetic diseases are common among aging men causing significant morbidity. Most chalk-up the problem of the prostate to the current circumstances, some blame aging, weather change, travel-related stress, the water of different places. As the time passes if not diagnosed with proper medication it might be the worst in case. The prostate goes through two main growth period with age. The first occurs early in puberty when the prostate doubles in size. The second phase of growth begins around age 25 and continues during most of a man’s life. It is also important to note that the size of the prostate doesn't necessarily determine the severity of your symptoms. Some men with slightly enlarged prostates can have significant symptoms, while other men with enlarged prostates can have minor urinary symptoms. And if left untreated, the urinary problems might lead to obstruction of the urinary tract and affect prostate health. 

Patients are largely unaware of this condition despite high prevalence rates as they consider it a normal part of aging, which can be rectified through a targeted patient awareness campaign says Dr. Amit Kumar Agarwal. BPH management involves management of symptoms through medications like Alpha-blockers, most commonly tamsulosin. BPH symptoms are measured by using IPSS (International Prostate symptom Score). If symptoms are uncontrolled, a combination treatment is offered. Surgical removal of prostatic tissue is the last step if symptoms are uncontrolled on medication. 
Symptoms:

  • Urge to urinate often 
  • Feeling that the bladder is full, even right after urinating
  • Feeling that urinating, 'can't wait.'
  • Weak urine flow
  • Dribbling of urine
  • The need to stop and start urinating several times
  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • The need to push or strain to urinate
  • At least 1 to 2 might have the below comorbidities:
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Reporter by Anik Bose
The Citizen Times

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