As men get older, the risk of developing BPH increases. The prostate gland grows in size, compressing the urethra and causing issues with urination. Because of this, men often pose the question – can BPH be prevented?
Unfortunately, the sad truth is that you cannot fully prevent BPH as it is a normal condition for aging men. For the majority of men, their prostate gland will inevitably become enlarged, which could lead to BPH.
However, it is possible to control your urinary symptoms and to lower your risk of developing BPH by taking proactive measures to promote your prostate health.
Limiting the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume can help you reduce your risk of having urinary issues. Caffeine and alcohol can irritate your bladder and increase your urge to urinate.
This is due to the fact that both of these substances are diuretics, which means that they produce an increased amount of urine and subsequent dehydration. Avoiding these substances can help you reduce frequent urination.
Another way to improve your prostate health is to exercise more frequently. This is because inactivity can contribute to urine retention. Even a small amount of exercise can help reduce urinary problems.
Studies have shown that men who run regularly are less likely to develop BPH. More specifically, those who run longer distances and maintain a faster pace have an increased chance at successful prevention. If running is not possible, brisk walking has also been proven to be effective.
Lastly, following a healthy diet can also lower your risk of developing BPH. Research has proven that obesity is associated with an enlarged prostate. Incorporating nutritious foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals into your diet is a good place to start.
Vegetables, specifically leafy greens, are rich in antioxidants. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts, have been proven to reduce the risk of prostate problems, including BPH and prostate cancer, too. Citrus fruits can also have a positive impact on prostate health.
While lifestyle changes are a good proactive measure, we advise you to seek out treatment if your BPH symptoms are not improving or seem to be getting worse.
At BPH Canada, we offer a variety of the latest treatment options for an enlarged prostate. Start improving your symptoms today. Book a consultation with us now.