An enlarged prostate, otherwise known as benign prostate hyperplasia or BPH, is the most common prostate problem in men over the age of fifty. A man’s prostate begins to grow at the age of twenty-five. According to the American Urological Association, over one-half of men over the age of sixty will have developed an enlarged prostate and by eighty-five the risk increases to ninety percent. Here are the causes, symptoms, and treatments of an enlargement prostate.
10. What Is BPH?
BPH is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate that blocks the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra. It develops when prostate cells gradually multiply and cause the gland to grow, which puts pressure on the urethra. When the urethra becomes too narrow, it causes the bladder to contract more forcefully to push urine out of the body, causing the bladder muscle to strength and become so sensitive that it contracts even when there is only a small amount of urine in the bladder. This causes the need to urinate frequently.