It’s believed that nearly all men will experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate by the time they reach the age of 80. As a man ages, the prostate continues to grow and begins to squeeze the urethra (the tube in which urine and semen leave the body) which creates problems with urination and lower urinary tract (LUT) symptoms, the severity of which will vary greatly from patient to patient.
The exact cause of BPH is unknown, but we do know that hormones play in role in the disease. As men get older, they begin to produce less testosterone and the hormone, androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT), begins to build up in the prostate which can result in BPH. Addressing this build up of DHT with the use of alpha-blockers in one of the non-invasive ways to treat BPH. Find out more about the pathophysiology of BPH here.
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