Treatment for enlarged prostate can vary depending on overall condition of this glandular entity that is intimately connected to the male urinary tract and the reproductive system. The other consideration is your symptoms themselves. How is your routine day to day living affected? How do any symptoms you are experiencing affect other medical conditions you may have? Depending on those answers, and the information you have at your disposal regarding those answers so you can get the fullest picture about the complexities of your overall medical situation, there are four basic strategies which you might want to review in an extensive consultation with your doctor:
- Accute and measured self-observation with medical support
- Lifestyle modifications
- Prescription medical treatments
- Surgical Procedures
The following article focuses on options 1 and 2 from that list.
For the over 60 age group, there will likely be symptoms that are quite pronounced and noticeable. This certainly makes treatment options easier for doctors to prescribe. However, there are enough studies that show symptoms are often only minor to non-manifest in the 50 to 65 year age group. Where symptoms appear with just minor manifestations, self-care through vigilant, knowledgeable self-observation will help minimize progressive discomfort and alleviate any present discomforts and inconveniences posed by BPH. A yearly exam is still a very good idea to keep tabs on symptomatic progressions and to make certain there are evaluation-based reasons for modifying treatment strategies or eliminating some or all completely.
Treatment for an Enlarged Prostate When Symptoms are Mild. Most strategies are pre-emptive in that these instruct you to avoid situations and variables that stress your system or your emotional disposition. Many of the inconvenient symptoms of BPH have to do with the very private bathroom functions around urination. These inconveniences can prove quite disruptive to your social life, intimate life and your self-esteem. How you manage your self-care can, in the long run, help you manage the medical situation much better than if you aren’t conscious of pre-emptive strategies of self-care.
Self-care options include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Avoid allowing pressure to build on your bladder. Relieve yourself when the urge first happens. Use the restroom whenever you have the chance to avoid urine build-up in the bladder. Residual urine from incomplete flow patterns can cause gradual build-up with sudden urges at the worst times.
- Refrain from drinking alcoholic and caffeinated stimulants. After dinner consumption is discouraged. If you are a consistent wine drinker, not to excess, try to have your glass before 6 pm. If you are a bar drinker of hard alcohol, or have more than two drinks per day (and more on weekends) consider looking into alcohol control programs through your employer. If you can’t give up alcohol, and your medical condition might improve if you did give it up, you will need help. So don’t procrastinate. Get help.
- Restrict unconscious fluid intake. Limit your water consumption to 64 ounces per day. Make sure you choose water over juices and teas. Water first. Then, be sure that you do not take in fluid of any kind after 6 pm. If you must take in some fluids limit it to 4 ounces. The idea is to give your system time to release the majority of the fluids it doesn’t use or need before you go to bed. An after dinner walk is a good idea to gently massage your bladder and help your kidneys pass fluids.
- Reduce usage of over the counter cold and sinus products containing ingredients that exacerbate BPH symptoms. If you must take these OTC medications, be sure to know which homeopathic remedies can fight colds and allergy symptoms. This can minimize your dependence on synthetics.
- Maintain proper basal body temperature and keep your circulation going. Light exercise (walking!) and stretching is important. Do it five minutes of every hour. If it is raining, walk in place for five minutes lifting your knees like a majorette leading a parade. Doing this while you are working a desk job over 8 hours will have you exercising 40 minutes of every day during the week. If you move during the weekends, you can rack up 5-7 hours of exercise per week. That much exercise provides the glandular system with a fresh supply of oxygenated blood- and that is essential for your health.
- Develop a pelvic strengthening routine. Exercising muscles you didn’t know you had can help massage your vital organs and glandular system. For help finding information google: doing kegel exercises.
- Practice frequent relaxation and de-stressing routines. Simple one minute meditation routines can greatly reduce stress and reduce pressure on your urinary system.