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How to Deal with an Enlarged Prostate

As a man ages, it is not uncommon to experience prostate gland enlargement. Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, this condition is often accompanied by bothersome urinary symptoms. If the condition is mild, it can often be treated by the simple lifestyle changes described here.


  • : Consult your doctor if you are having urination problems. Seek immediate medical treatment if you are unable to pass urine at all.
  • Step 1: Urinate as needed Urinate as soon as you feel the urge. Try to urinate again a few moments later.
  • TIP: Consult your doctor if you take diuretics.
  • Step 2: Drink liquids in moderation Drink liquids in moderation, spreading out your fluid intake during the day. Do not drink liquids within two hours of bedtime.
  • Step 3: Urinate at regular intervals Urinate at regular times during the day - preferably every four to six hours - to retrain the bladder.
  • Step 4: Avoid alcohol and caffeine Avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially in the evening.
  • Step 5: Avoid decongestants and antihistamines Avoid, as much as possible, over-the-counter cold and sinus medications that contain decongestants or antihistamines.
  • Step 6: Avoid cold weather Avoid cold weather and try to stay warm. Cold temperatures can lead to urine retention.
  • Step 7: Reduce stress Avoid unnecessary stress. If you are nervous or tense, you will need to urinate more frequently.
  • FACT: Plant-derived substances such as saw palmetto have been widely used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia in Europe.

You Will Need

  • A caffeine- and alcohol-free diet
  • Cold medicines without decongestants or antihistamines
  • Absence of stress
  • Your doctor's advice about diuretics (optional)

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