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Taking a Look at BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – an enlarged prostate – is a common condition for older men. According to the American Urological Association, more than half of men have an enlarged prostate by the time they’re 60 years old. About 90 percent will have BPH by age 85.

Not all men have problems because of an enlarged prostate. Those that do often have lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), which can be frustrating and uncomfortable. They might have trouble urinating. Or, they might urinate more frequently. Some men with BPH feel like they can’t empty their bladder or must strain to do so.

Erectile dysfunction (ED – an inability to get or maintain an erection suitable for sex) often accompanies LUTS in men with enlarged prostates. Generally, ED will worsen as LUTS worsen, leaving men feeling even more frustrated.

If you work with older men, it’s helpful to know more about BPH. Today, we’ll go over some BPH basics, give an overview of treatment options, and suggest ways to reassure your older patients.

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