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September 30, 2011, last updated September 21, 2014
By L. Carr, Contributing Columnist
If you’re a man and if you’re still going strong after your
50th birthday, the chances are you're going to experience
problems with your prostate. Up to 40% of all men in the UK
have enlarged prostates. In the U.S, 50% of all men have
enlarged prostates by age 50 and 95% have enlarged
prostates by age 85. For a gland as small as a walnut, the
prostate can cause you a large amount of trouble. Enlarged
prostate is also known as "benign prostatic hyperplasia" or
BPH. It is a condition caused by an overgrowth of prostate
gland cells that disrupts the flow of urine. According to UK
health insurer BUPA, benign prostatic hyperplasia is very
common - up to four in 10 men over 65 in the UK have it.
Enlarged prostate is a common complaint but how does it
affect your health and well-being? Benign prostatic
hyperplasia can cause a significant amount of distress. Is it
dangerous? Can you prevent enlarged prostate, or cure the
What Are the Causes of Enlarged Prostate?
Your prostate is found just below your bladder and it
surrounds the urethra, the thin tube that transports urine out
of your body through your penis. The prostate plays an
important role in the production of your sperm but you’ll
probably not pay it a second thought until you have problems.
The prostate becomes enlarged in response to a male
hormone, dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for
prostate growth. This hormone is the direct cause of enlarged
prostate. Normally your body balances a mixture of hormones
to promote both cell growth and cell death. An enlarged
prostate occurs when cells enlarge more than they decline.
No one really knows why some men develop benign prostatic
hyperplasia and some don’t. One thing is clear, however –
you are more likely to suffer from enlarged prostate as you
grow older because prostate size increases slowly. According
to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of enlarged prostate increases by
about 4 percent a year after the age of 55. By 60, half of all
men will suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia and 95
percent will suffer by age 85.
What Is the Size of a Normal Prostate?
A normal prostate gland is shaped roughly like a triangle. The
longest of the 3 sides is usually between 3.75 centimeters
and 4.00 centimeters. The other 2 sides are between 2 and
2.5 centimeters. Usually, of the 2 shorter sides, one is about
1.9 to 2 centimeters and the other is about 2.5 centimeters.
What Are the Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate?
If you have an enlarged prostate, you are likely to have
problems with urination. These problems are wide ranging.
You may urinate more often, despite passing the same
amount of urine.
An enlarged prostate causes a sudden urge to urinate but
also, on the other hand, a difficulty in starting to pass urine.
You may have a weak, stop-and-start stream or need to
strain to pass, which can cause pain. An enlarged prostate
can significantly disturb your sleep as you wake up to five
times a night to visit the bathroom. You could experience
incontinence, an involuntary leaking.
Will An Enlarged Prostate Turn Into Cancer?
Does and enlarged prostate always become prostate cancer?
Fortunately, the answer is no. While benign prostatic
hyperplasia, as the name suggests, is not life threatening the
symptoms of an enlarged prostate can be similar to prostate
cancer. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should
see your doctor who can rule out prostate cancer.
Having benign prostatic hyperplasia doesn’t mean you will get
prostate cancer. But an enlarged prostate is an irritating and
disruptive condition in itself. An enlarged prostate can cause
distress when you must plan your social activities to be close
to a bathroom or rest stop. You may feel embarrassed by
having to hide your condition. Having to get up many times at
night makes you exhausted the next day, making activities
difficult, and can irritate your partner.
Although common, an enlarged prostate is not a natural part
of aging and you don’t need to suffer with it. Benign
prostatic hyperplasia can also worsen without treatment,
sometimes resulting in complete blockage of the urethra.
An enlarged prostate is easier to treat if you start early. While
some men take alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase
inhibitors to increase the flow of urine and reduce the size of
the prostate, recent research shows many natural remedies
treat an enlarged prostate. Lifestyle changes can also reduce
your symptoms of enlarged prostate. Which natural remedy
or lifestyle change is best for you?
Top 10 Natural Remedies for Enlarged Prostate
1. Saw Palmetto is a Popular Natural Remedy for Enlarged
Certain herbs can reduce an enlarged prostate. One of the
most popular alternative treatments for enlarged prostate is a
native plant that grows along the ocean in Georgia and
Florida. Saw palmetto is a widely used phytotherapeutic
treatment for an enlarged prostate.
A 2000 study from the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic
Diseases Outcomes Research looked at 18 trials involving
2,939 men who took Serenoa repens, an extract from saw
palmetto, and placebo. Men taking Serenoa repens reported
greater improvements in passing urine than those taking the
In a 2002 study from Academic Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen
Sint Radboud, Pays-Bas, the 811 men who took saw palmetto
had equally beneficial effects as those that took a standard
drug, the alpha-blocker tamsulosin.
Saw palmetto can be just as effective as conventional
medicine for treating an enlarged prostate, without as many
side effects. No one is sure why saw palmetto works but it is
believed to affect male hormones. And it does so without
changing protein-specific antigen levels. Tests that measure
protein-specific antigen levels are used to screen for prostate
cancer and drugs to treat enlarged prostate may artificially
lower these levels, consequently masking prostate cancer.
One word of caution. Although saw palmetto is generally
regarded as safe, doctors have reported acute pancreatitis as
a possible side effect. In 2011 a team of researchers from the
University of Connecticut reported a case of a 61 year old
man who was taking saw palmetto for an enlarged prostate
and who developed acute pancreatitis after taking the
supplement for 3 years.
2. Pygeum Can Reduce Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate
The bark of the tall, evergreen pygeum tree that is native to
Africa has been used to treat urinary problems for centuries.
Its modern-day effectiveness for treating enlarged prostate
has been demonstrated in over 17 trials involving around
1,000 men, which reported that pygeum can reduce
symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
One 1990 study from the Laboratoires Debat, Paris,
Frankreich – “Efficacy of Pygeum africanum extract in the
medical therapy of urination disorders due to benign prostatic
hyperplasia: evaluation of objective and subjective
parameters. A placebo-controlled double-blind multicenter
study” – looked at 263 men between the ages of 50 and 85.
Participants who took 50 mg of pygeum extract twice daily
showed significant improvements in the severity of benign
3. Nettle Root Reduces an Enlarged Prostate
Extracts made from The leaves and roots of the" stinging
nettle" plant can be used for good purposes when set
against an enlarged prostate. The stinging nettle, whose
technical name is urtica dioica, belongs to the urticaceae
family of plants native to Europe and Eurasia.
Nettle root is a popular European treatment but not as highly
studied as saw palmetto or pygeum. A 2006 study from
Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran,
Iran gave 558 men nettle root for six months, or a placebo.
The results indicated that nettle root was significantly more
effective than placebo in lessening the severity of an enlarged
4. Beta-sitosterols Can Treat the Symptoms of Enlarged
Many plants contain compounds called sitosterols and
sitosterolins. When these compounds are mixed together they’
re called beta-sitosterols and they have been used as a
treatment for an enlarged prostate. A 1999 review by Drs. T.J.
Wilt, MacDonald and Ishani examined 4 studies on beta-
sitosterol as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia,
studying 519 men.
Three of these studies found that beta-sitosterols improved
urine flow in men with enlarged prostates. One of the
reviewed cases, a 1995 study from the Department of
Urology, Ruhr-University, Germany, followed 200 men with
benign prostatic hyperplasia for six months and followed the
participants for another year, and found that even after a
year, the benefits of using these plant sterols continued.
5. Grass Pollen Is Used to Treat Enlarged Prostate
No kidding, the same grass pollen that makes you sneeze in
the spring can help reduce your enlarged prostate.
A 1990 study from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff,
looked at 57 men with enlarged prostate. 31 men tool 92 mg
of grass pollen extract daily for six months and 26 men took a
placebo. The study found statistically significant
improvements in cutting down night time urination and 69
percent of the men taking grass pollen reported overall
improvement in symptoms, compared with just 29 percent of
the placebo group. Grass pollen also reduced the size of the
6. Green Tea Can Help Treat The Symptoms of Enlarged
One study suggests that green tea extracts may help reduce
enlarged prostate symptoms. The 2006 University of Parma
research showed green tea catechins proved to be effective
in inhibiting cancer growth but that the compounds also
reduced lower urinary tract symptoms. Researchers
suggested green tea may be effective in treating the
symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia.
7. Zinc as a Suggested Treatment For Enlarged Prostate
Zinc helps erectile health in general and it is commonly
recommended in Europe as a treatment for enlarged prostate.
Although research is lacking to support the claim, zinc may be
effective in shrinking the size of the prostate gland and inhibit
the activity of the enzyme that converts testosterone to
dihydrotestosterone, an action that can cause prostate
Where can you find zinc? Pumpkin seeds are one of the best
sources of zinc. In fact, pumpkin seeds are approved for use
in the treatment of an enlarged prostate by Germany's
commission of health.
8. Follow a Prostate-Friendly Diet
If you want to prevent enlarged prostate, look no further
than your kitchen cupboard or grocery store.
A study published in the 2009 American Journal of
Epidemiology found that diet dramatically affects the
development of an enlarged prostate.
The researchers looked at 4,770 men who did not have
enlarged prostate and monitored their intake of different
types of food and drink and their use of supplements.
The researchers found that while the use of supplements had
no impact, the risk of developing an enlarged prostate was
lower among those who followed diets high in protein and
vegetables and low in fat and red meat. A healthy diet will
give a whole host of health benefits as you age, so stock up
on the fruit and vegetables now.
9. Botox Can Relieve Enlarged Prostate Symptoms
An unusual finding suggests that injecting Botox into the
prostate of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia eases
symptoms and improves sufferers’ quality of life for up to a
year after the procedure.
The 2007 study from the Chang Gung University Medical
College, Taiwan, and the University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine looked at 37 men with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
27 of the patients experienced a 30% improvement in
urinary tract symptoms and quality of life, but no significant
10. Moderate Alcohol Intake For a Healthy Prostate?
It’s often said that men with an enlarged prostate should
steer clear of alcohol to avoid worsening the condition. Many
doctors will routinely suggest this as part of lifestyle changes
to lessen symptoms.
But while cutting down on alcohol can bring benefit to many
other parts of your body, it is not certain that abstaining is
best for your prostate.
Claus Georg Roehrborn, MD, of the University of Texas
Southwest Medical Center, presented findings at the 2006
annual meeting of the American Urological Association that
reported the more alcohol men drank, the better their
Roehrborn examined 19,000 men and found that “those who
drink alcohol had a lower total International Prostate
Symptom Score compared to those who do not drink.” No
one is entirely sure why this is case and scientists would not
suggest a teetotaler develops a drinking habit to remedy an
But drinking in moderation if you already drink – one or two
drinks a day - could have a beneficial effect on your benign
prostatic hyperplasia symptoms.
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