Men can develop a variety of urinary symptoms or changes with their prostate gland as they age. Most don’t seek medical treatment for these issues, treating frequent nightly trips to the bathroom and other symptoms as an inevitable part of the aging process. Developing conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate), urinary incontinence, overactive bladder or lowered testosterone levels doesn’t mean you should suffer in silence. These conditions are likely to worsen over time and if left untreated, can lead to other health problems and have a serious impact on your overall health. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and their impact on your daily routine, there are treatment options available to help. Urologist, Jagan Kansal, MD, MBA, shares some of the misconceptions about these common men’s health conditions and treatment that are available so you can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle as you age.
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Your prostate is a walnut-sized, muscular gland located below your bladder, and is responsible for secreting prostate fluid which helps the flow of seminal fluid. As part of the male reproductive system, your prostate gland grows significantly during your teenage years, nearly doubling in size, and will continue to grow for the remainder of your life. In some cases, the prostate may become larger than average, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An enlarged prostate gland can put pressure on your urinary tract and impair the flow of urine from your bladder. Other common signs of an enlarged prostate include:
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