Most enlarged prostate problems are benign, hence the term ‘Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy’ which is medical speak for ‘big prostate but not malignant’. So while the condition itself represents no direct heath threat it does have secondary risks.
For example, the main symptom is frequency of urinating, which is especially obvious during the night as it involves repeatedly getting out of bed. Some blokes are up four, five or six times per night which means they are not getting restful sleep. This lack of quality sleep is a bigger health risk than the prostate. Fatigue during the day, on the job or while driving, cranky mood, increased weight and blood pressure changes may be linked to the interrupted sleep pattern.
Also, and don't laugh, I have seen patients who injured themselves trying to get to the toilet at night without disturbing their partner. Falls, bumps, and sprains while negotiating dark hallways. Keep a torch beside your bed.
The frequency can also impact on social contact by decreasing the time and distance blokes are prepared to travel from home and the security of ready toilet access. This limitation may contribute to depression.
Finally, blokes with BPH are usually getting on a bit, and may have already reduced their physical activity levels, the added prostate issue may reduce this further and impact on health indicators like girth, aerobic fitness, muscle mass and cardiovascular health.
The treatment for BPH is reasonably safe, accessible and effective. Chat to your doctor.
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