Prostate Challenges-The Orlando Times

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Prostate Challenges

The Challenge OfThe Prostate As Men Get Older 

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Y ROGER CALDWELL
 

As men get older very few discuss problems and issues with their prostate, until it is in later stages of the condition. At the early phase of any medical condition, it is better for the patient, and the doctor in terms of treatment and awareness to sit and have a conversation. Starting at fifty or late forties is when men need to go to an urologists, and begin to understand the mechanics of the urinary system in their body. Very few know what the prostate is and how it works with the urethra to urinate and what is BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). 

In my early sixties my primary care physician started to put on my chart that I had an OAB (overactive bladder), and I started having more urges to urinate.  As a result of my doctorís diagnostic, I begin to try different supplements to control these urgencies. Eventually, I found oriental pallets that controlled theses urgencies. For about a year, there were pallets around my home, when I went traveling, and a bottle was only $5.00, and it worked. 

Eventually the oriental medicines stopped working, and my primary care physician sent me to my urologist to begin to start talking about BPH. He prescribed medicine for my condition, and began to get my urination problem under control. Instead of me looking for a bathroom after 1 or 2 hours, I was in better shape, and I slept better at night. 

At my appointments, my urologist talked about my prostate, but things were working, so I did not do my homework. I knew eventually as men got older, a larger percentage of them had prostate problems. I did not know where the prostate was located, and why it became an issue with so many men. 

BPH is when the prostate gets large enough to cause problems, and squeeze the urethra. The condition is benign, which means it is not cancerous, and the ability to empty the urine from the bladder gets harder. Initially, the urologist monitors the symptoms, and the condition may need medication. 

The prostate is located below the bladder, and is part of the male reproductive system, and its job is to make fluid for semen. It goes around a tube called the urethra, and when it grows, this is where the problems are exacerbated. When the prostate squeezes the urethra, some cannot urinate, and others have the urge to go all the time. 

In America, there is very little discussion about the mechanics of the urinary and reproductive system of men. In the fifties half of men start having problems, and in the seventies over 90 percent of men have problems with their prostate 

As men get older the problems get worse, and eventually the pills donít work. Life styles are impacted, men cannot sleep, and some cannot control when they have to urinate. 

Education and knowledge is the key to control BPH, and other problems with the urinary and reproductive system. It can lead to bladder damage and infection, blood in the urine, and cause kidney damage. In the forties men should get a personal urologist, and learn about what happens as a man ages. 

I just recently had an operation/ procedure to improve my BPH. The procedure is called aUROLift, and it is noninvasive and the operation takes 1 hour and there is usually no hospital time required. The recoverytime is fast, and in a week to a week and a half the pain has subsided, while the patient is getting stronger every day. 

Men must go to their urologist in their middle forties and learn about the prostate and why it can determine the quality of your social, family, and psychological life. Men can spend thousands of dollars on supplements that eventually donít work. Go to the source, your urologist because growing old can be a wonderful experience, if you use the medical system and understand BPH, because 90% of men in their seventies have it.