Benign prostatic hyperplasia or (BPH) for short, affects about half of all men over the age of 50 and up to 90% of men over the age 80. Two of the main risk factors for BPH are advancing age and a family history of the disease, neither of which you can change. Even though you can’t control all the risk factors associated with it, there are number things you can do in order to reduce your chances of developing BPH.
Change your lifestyle
Certain lifestyle changes may help to relieve symptoms of BPH and are particularly important for men who wish to avoid surgery or drug therapy. Some of these changes include: Eating a diet low in saturated and trans-fats, avoiding caffeine and also limiting the amount of fluids you drink in the evening.
Relaxation has many physical benefits and it’s also helpful for managing the symptoms of BPH. Reduce stress by exercising regularly and practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation.
Enrich your diet with fruits and vegetables
The substances that prevent inflammation like vitamins, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants are available in vegetables and fruits. It has been proven that potent phytonutrient-rich foods can decrease the chances of developing BPH.
Avoid medications that can aggravate symptoms
If you’re taking prescription and over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines and decongestants, you should take the time to speak to your doctor about them as many of them have been found to aggravate the symptoms of BPH.
Maintain a healthy weight
Numerous studies have shown a link between being overweight and having a high risk of BPH. Excess weight around the waist and hips is especially associated with a greater risk of disease.
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