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Is The Urgent Need to Pee a Normal Part Of Aging?

Dec 14 – Dec 27, 2023

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Men over 50 years-old: Do you think twice about hydrating before bedtime because that often leads to multiple bathroom breaks throughout the night? Or have you noticed a weaker urine stream? Or one that dribbles, starts and stops?

While these are typical aging milestones for men, they could also be signs of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), a common condition you don’t want to ignore, says Dr. Michael Ward, a family and sports medicine physician at Advocate Health Care.

“BPH, also known as enlarged prostate, happens in most men as they continue to age. It happens when tissue surrounding the prostate gland thickens and interferes with the urethra’s ability to carry urine outside the body, which contributes to difficulties with urination,” Dr. Ward explains.

In its earliest stages, some men may see BPH as a manageable nuisance. But, if left untreated, an enlarged prostate can lead to urinary tract infections, kidney stones, kidney damage and the inability to eliminate urine which requires surgery to correct. Fortunately, enlarged prostate doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of getting prostate cancer.

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