what is BPH treatment?

Treatments depend on the severity of symptoms and a man’s overall health. A few medications are used to treat BPH symptoms. Alpha-adrenergic blockers such as tamsulosin (Flomax) and terazosin (Hytrin) relax the smooth muscle of the prostate and bladder to improve urine flow. 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors like finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart) block the production of a hormone that triggers prostate growth.

If medicines alone aren’t enough to relieve symptoms, surgery may be done to remove excess prostate tissue. The doctor can remove tissue in the inner part of the prostate with an electric current or laser during a procedure called transurethral prostatectomy (TURP). Men with smaller prostates can have transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP), which widens the urethra to relieve pressure. Holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP) uses lasers to vaporize excess prostate tissue.

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Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products, are cornerstones of the heart- and blood-pressure-friendly DASH diet. Not only are they generally low in sodium, but many of them are good sources of other nutrients that are associated with lower blood pressure:

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Alternative treatment options can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated.

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Lower Your Cholesterol With These Healthy Foods

There are several reasons why certain foods are good for your cholesterol and your heart health. Some have direct effects on reducing LDL and/or triglycerides. Others are more filling and, if they’re low in calories, will help with weight loss. Plus, by filling up on these healthier options, you’re not … Read More

3 Signs That Your Core Muscles Need Work

The “abs” get most of the attention in advertisements for strength devices, and a big waist is something almost everyone tries to avoid. But the first sign of  weak core muscles is poor posture—both standing and sitting. Other signs are back pain and muscle weakness.

Poor Posture

The American Physical Therapy Association … Read More

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