A man's prostate gland generally starts to enlarge after he reaches about 40 years. This condition is called enlarged prostate or prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is considered a natural process of aging.
Our prostate gland is normally about the size of a walnut, and wraps around the urethra. Due to prostate enlargement, the bladder muscle becomes thicker and forces the urine through a narrowed urethra.
As the prostate grows larger, this squeezes the urethra more tightly. The bladder might not be able to fully compensate for the problem and become empty completely. Blockage may also result from prostate enlargement, in some cases. This may cause problems such as repeated urinary tract infections, bladder stones, bladder or kidney damage, etc.
According to a study by Mayo clinic, about 50 percent of men over the age of 60 have an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). By the age of 85, more than 95 percent of men are with BPH.
There is good news for those living with enlarged prostate or who are at risk of developing the disease. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals can keep your prostate healthy and lower your risk for BPH. Being obese is another risk factor for developing the condition. So having nutritious food is also a good way to lower both your weight and your risk.
Here are some foods that can help decrease the risk of BPH and also relieve the enlarged prostate symptoms, according to recommendations from certain studies.
Healthy habits such as exercising daily, maintaining your waistline, eating vegetables and limiting dietary fat may help with BPH.