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Coping with enlarged prostate symptoms without medication or surgery

Dec 27, 2011, 6 a.m.

If you're suffering from an enlarged prostate, there are plenty of things that you can do to ease symptoms without resorting to invasive surgical procedures or expensive and potentially harmful prescription drugs. Here are a few of the most effective prostate health tips to help you cope with the symptoms, which can run the range from difficulty urinating to having to make frequent trips to the bathroom.

Don't drink before bed. Try limiting your intake of all liquids, even water, for at least a couple of hours prior to going to bed at night. This will help your body cut back significantly on the frequent need to urinate throughout the night and can help you get a better night's sleep as a result.

Cut back on caffeine and alcohol. If possible, eliminate both from your diet altogether since for the most part, both will exacerbate your enlarged prostate symptoms. Coffee and alcohol have a tendency to increase the production of urine in your body and can bring about more frequent bathroom trips than a glass of water before bed.

Exercise. The fact is, the more inactive you are the more your body tends to retain urine. Add to that the fact that obesity makes enlarged prostate symptoms worse, and you've got plenty of reason to fit in a half hour on the treadmill every other day, or a walk around the block with the grandkids every chance you get.

Retrain your bladder. It's possible to do this by scheduling bathroom visits at regular intervals throughout the day. This can help men who have difficulty urinating, as well as men who experience urgent or frequent urination.

Stay away from decongestants. One of the common symptoms of enlarged prostate is difficulty urinating due to tightened muscles of the urethra, and decongestants and antihistamines can cause additional tightening. Talk to your doctor about alternate methods of treating the common cold that won't require you to take decongestants.

Don't deny your urges. If you have to go to the bathroom, go. Many men who experience enlarged prostate symptoms try to treat the problem by holding it until the last possible moment, but this can actually cause damage to your bladder. As always, if you're experiencing the symptoms of an enlarged prostate it's important to see your doctor and get their professional advice before trying to treat yourself.

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