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Enlarged Prostate (cont.)

Enlarged Prostate Follow-up

Once your doctor has given you a medical plan, you should stick to it and follow up as recommended. Sometimes men need follow-up with a urologist.

Is It Possible to Prevent an Enlarged Prostate?

There is no known way to prevent prostate enlargement. It is a common part of aging.

  • Men can reduce the need to urinate frequently during the night by not drinking liquids after 6 p.m.
  • Caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and spicy foods can be bladder irritants and make urinary symptoms worse.
  • Drinking more fluid, up to eight glasses of water per day, may help prevent infection. However, for men already suffering with increased urinary frequency, this may only exacerbate the problem. In most cases, drinking a normal amount of fluid based on thirst is all that is necessary.
  • There is evidence that cranberry juice may be helpful in the prevention of urinary tract infections in those who are prone to developing these.
  • Finasteride or dutasteride (see above) are prescription medications that can slow down the process of prostatic enlargement and reduce the risk of urinary retention, complications, and the future need for surgery related to benign prostatic enlargement.

What Is the Prognosis of an Enlarged Prostate?

Your condition may improve, remain the same, or become worse. Serious urinary problems from prostate enlargement affect one in 10 older men. If the bladder is permanently damaged from prostate enlargement, treatment may not be as effective.

Prostate enlargement is not cancer, nor does it seem to increase your chances of developing prostate cancer. You can, however, have both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer at the same time.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
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