Did you know that 50% of men at 50 years of age already suffer with an enlarged prostate? We tend to think itís something that happens to really old men, but itís surprising how early it sneaks up on you.
The early symptoms of something being not quite right is needing to go to the loo more frequently Ė and if you are having to get up in the night, perhaps even several times, it is definitely time to get things checked out.
So What is the prostate?
The prostate is a small gland which sits below the bladder in men and this gland has a tendency to get bigger as men get older. Half of men over the age of 50 are affected with BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), also known as an enlarged prostate, with the figure increasing to affect 80% of men by the age of 80. All in all, BPH currently affects 3.2 million men in the UK. The process usually starts after the age of 45 but can occur earlier or later in some men.
The early symptoms of something being not quite right is the need to urinate more frequently Ė especially at night, having a weak or interrupted urine flow and feeling unable to completely empty your bladder. If someone experiences these symptoms then they should consult their healthcare professional for advice or diagnosis. Although not life threatening, the condition can affect the quality of life for those suffering and of course those around them. No one likes being woken by frequent midnight toilet trips.
Five ways to spot a potential sufferer
✔ Male usually over 50 and grumpy from lack of sleep (see next point)
✔ Itís 3am and heís on his second toilet trip, disrupting his sleep once again
✔ He can tell you where the nearest toilet is within a five mile radius
✔ Youíve only just left the house and heís already asking ďAre we there yet?Ē
✔ Heís just been to the toilet but feels the sudden urge to go again
What can sufferers do about it?
If diagnosis of an enlarged prostate (BPH) is given, it does not have to be a Ďgrin and bear ití situation. There are various options for treatment including prescription drugs, and for some, surgery may be an option. There is also a licensed traditional herbal remedy (THR) for the relief of urinary symptoms of an enlarged prostate, A.Vogelís Prostasan Saw Palmetto capsules.
Prostasan contains an extract of Saw Palmetto berries, rich in oil, which contains active ingredients that help with the urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. Prostasan Saw Palmetto capsules are easy to take and can be used long term. It can help give relief to the uncomfortable effects of an enlarged prostate, bringing uninterrupted sleep closer.
It is essential that men have a diagnosis of BPH before taking Saw Palmetto in order to rule out other conditions such as prostatitis (a bacterial infection), or the odd case of prostate cancer.