Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) can be a distressing condition to live with on a day-to-day basis. When you find it difficult to urinate, potentially losing hours of sleep due to increased trips to the toilet, finding a solution is paramount.
However, while there are conventional medical procedures to deal with your enlarged prostate, these sometimes have the potential to be disruptive.
Thankfully, there are a number of alternative surgical procedures and ways you can manage an enlarged prostate while causing minimal disruption to your day-to-day life or negatively impacting your mental and physical health any further.
Here’s how you can use alternative methods to deal with an enlarged prostate:
There are a number of alternative surgical procedures and ways you can manage an enlarged prostate.
Understand the factors behind prostate enlargement
Before you start searching for prostate growth preventions and procedures, it is imperative to understand the overarching factors behind prostate enlargement.
While the root cause of prostate growth is largely unknown, there are several common traits in men who suffer from the condition. The first of these is age. The majority of men with enlarged prostates are in their fifties. Indeed, the condition is relatively rare in young men (although it’s still a threat). Related to this is the changing of hormonal make-up in the body, that comes with age. This factor has also been linked to prostate enlargement.
Obviously, these factors are an unavoidable part of life, however, there are a number of alternative methods you can use to tip the scales in your favor.
If medical attention is required, alternative methods are available
The first thing to accept is that, if your condition becomes critical, medical attention is the best course of action. While surgery has the potential to disrupt your life, thanks to the rise of technological devices for bph procedures, the surgery is far less intrusive for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, this technology makes prostate procedures a lot more efficient, which means the overall impact on your life is lessened. While surgery is normally a long and convoluted process, from having your first consultation to receiving treatment and then recovering, the shorter surgery time means you can get home and start to recover faster than you would traditionally be able to.
Another way in which this alternative surgery method can be less damaging is through the surgical technique itself. Using a holmium laser, doctors only have to penetrate a minimal amount into the body, without risking the collateral damage you can sometimes experience with other laser procedures. This makes it a great alternative method if you need medical attention but want to avoid the possible side effects.
Here are some natural dietary changes you can make
When it comes to dealing with an enlarged prostate, it is important to remember that there is no medically proven silver bullet you can use to completely prevent yourself from either suffering the condition in the first place or combatting it solely through dietary or lifestyle-related methods.
However, this is not to say that you can’t use these methods to reduce the chances of your prostate growing or, if you are already suffering from an enlarged prostate, to lower the inflammation and make the condition more bearable in your day-to-day life.
With this being said, there are certain foods that will help you fight prostate enlargement. It is recommended that you increase the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet – particularly ones that contain lycopene, which has been known to reduce the chances of prostate growth. These fruits and vegetables include watermelon and tomatoes. Citrus fruits are another great addition to your diet.
Furthermore, omega-3 is a great resource for reducing inflammation in the body and can therefore help to reduce prostate growth. Fish, particularly salmon, as well as certain supplements can help boost your intake.
Changing your lifestyle choices will help you manage an enlarged prostate
Once you have made the necessary changes to your diet, the next step is to increase the amount of exercise you do every week, if possible. While the effectiveness of physical fitness in fighting prostate problems is not black and white, many studies and patients have found an increase in overall fitness to greatly reduce the issues related to prostate enlargement.
A further change to make is to reduce the chances of being caught short. It sounds obvious, but reducing the amount of liquid you consume in the couple of hours before bed and before you go outside will help reduce the impact of prostate growth. You can use similar logic when it comes to alcohol consumption, which is known to increase your amount of toilet trips.
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