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Prostate Enlargement

Prostate enlargement is the condition where the prostate gland gets bigger. This happens to the majority of men as they age and is a very common problem in men over the age of 60. The prostate is a gland that covers the urethra (the tube that carries urine out from the bladder through the tip of the penis) and is the gland that produces the fluid that carries sperm. If the prostate enlarges, this puts pressure on the urethra and presses on it causing it to narrow which will make it difficult for men to urinate. Prostate enlargement is mainly an age related disease but other causes can include, your diet, a family history of it, obesity and diabetes as well as erectile dysfunction. Certain medications can also contribute to the cause.


The most common symptom of prostate enlargement is the frequent and urgent need to urinate and waking up regularly at night to do so. Another symptom is a slow urinary stream and many difficulties trying to urinate. They may experience dribbling of urine straight after going to the toilet and they may not feel that they have completely emptied their bladder. Blood may also appear in the urine.