Symptoms of enlarged prostate can affect health

Jenny Logan.
Jenny Logan.

A gentleman in the shop was complaining that I do not feature enough articles specifically aimed at men.

So to try and redress the balance, this week I am taking a look at the prostate gland.

One of the main health issues that can affect men only, as they age.

The prostate is a small gland found in men.

It sits just under the bladder and with age it has a tendency to enlarge.

The medical term for an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

The use of the word benign is significant – it indicates that the condition is not life-threatening.

It is estimated that around 3.2 million men in the UK have symptoms arising from an enlarged prostate; 50 per cent of men over the age of 50 show signs of prostate enlargement; by the age of 70, about 80 per cent of men have an enlarged prostate

Although an enlarged prostate is not in itself a life-threatening condition, it can give rise to a number of inconvenient symptoms which, if severe enough, can affect health and quality of life.

As the prostate enlarges it presses against the bladder and interferes with the way it works.

This gives rise to a number of symptoms relating to bladder function and urination.

The most common of these are: having to get up at night for a pee; the need to pass water frequently; poor urine flow; dribbling at the end of urination.

If you suspect you have an enlarged prostate gland, the most important thing is to have the diagnosis confirmed by a doctor.

Do not suffer in silence.

Once you have confirmed that you have an enlarged prostate there are a number of things you can do to help yourself.

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale appear to be beneficial to eat, as are foods rich in zinc such as pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and shellfish.

As well as dietary changes, it could be worthwhile seeking out a good saw palmetto extract, like Vogel Prostasan.

Saw palmetto berries have been used for many years as a herbal treatment for symptoms of an enlarged prostate and Vogel Prostasan now has a traditional herbal medicines licence for the treatment of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

We have many customers who use this product and swear by it, including one man who was previously getting up four-five times every night to pass water, who now tells us he often goes through the night without getting up.