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Don’t Forget the “Finger” - July 6, 2009 by admin

No..not the middle finger. Hey…It’s summer. Lots of you all are out there on the beach, on your bicycles and on the hiking trails, “getting your cardio on”.
Its important for cardiovascular fitness and a general sense of well-being.

But men, especially those of you over 40, don’t forget your prostate screening exams.

The Male Prostate Gland

The Male Prostate Gland

 

 

The prostate is an organ of the male reproductive and urinary system. It surrounds the urethra – the tube that urine passes out of. As men age, the prostate will enlarge, causing a condition caused benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH.  This condition causes symptoms that can include dribbling, strong, frequent and sudden urges to urinate, among other symptoms.

This condition of enlargement of the prostate is so common that it has been said that all men will have an enlarged prostate if they live long enough.

Your physician will conduct a digital rectal exam to check the size and consistency of the prostate gland. He or she will also order other tests.

Treatment choice is determined on the severity of your symptoms. There are medications that can help reduce the symptoms of BPH, but there are also some things you can do yourself if your symptoms are mild.

  • Urinate when you first get the urge to go.
  • Reduce stress and tension and nervousness can cause you to urinate more frequently.
  • Go to the bathroom when you have a chance, even if you feel you don’t have to go.
  • Keep warm and exercise regularly as cold weather and inactivity can cause symptoms to worsen.
  • Try and avoid over-the-counter allergy and cold medications as these may have antihistamines and decongestants which can make your symptoms worse.

Some have recommended Saw Palmetto for the symptoms of BPH. Millions of men have used this herb as an alternative to medication to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

As with any treatment or options, you should discuss this with your healthcare professional.

 

The information provided on this blog is not to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.