Causes of BPH and Risk Factors that Increase Likelihood of Experiencing the Condition
The exact causes of BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, aren’t yet fully understood, but some researchers believe that changing hormones in aging men may play a role in prostate enlargement and subsequent urinary problems. Most men experience some level of prostate enlargement as they age, and BPH occurs when the growing prostate presses against the urethra and disrupts urine flow.
While BPH causes aren’t entirely clear, a few factors have been shown to increase a man’s likelihood of experiencing BPH. These include:
- Age – BPH symptoms are typically first noticed in men over the age of 50
- Family medical history – Having a close relative with a prostate condition may increase your risk of developing BPH
- Weight – Being overweight may leave you more susceptible to BPH, while engaging in routine exercise may lower your risk
- Certain medical conditions – Research has linked the presence of heart disease or diabetes with an increased risk of BPH
In many cases, BPH causes difficulty starting urination and completely emptying the bladder. Some men affected by this condition frequently feel the urge to use the restroom. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you are at an increased risk of developing BPH in the future due to one or more of the factors outlined above, speak with your doctor about potential treatments or ways you can reduce the risk of developing BPH.
If you have been diagnosed with BPH or have a significantly enlarged prostate and are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms, a cutting-edge treatment performed at Tampa General called prostate artery embolization (PAE) may help bring relief. PAE is a better treatment option for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional prostate surgery.
Contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 539-5995 or complete our online form to begin the process of determining your candidacy for PAE at Tampa General.