BPH – Benign prostatic hyperplasia – enlargement of the prostate gland – is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also potentially cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. It can also be very uncomfortable.
Don’t let the word benign fool you. If a man is concerned he has BPH, he must see a physician to have it properly diagnosed. Yes it is more common than uncommon. Over 50% of men over 50, 70% at age 60 and 90% of men over 70 have BPH. However, it needs to be properly diagnosed, eliminating more serious condition.
There are now a number of studies, that link BPH with chronic inflammation. Most of our chronic illnesses have inflammation at the root – including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, depression arthritis… a very long list. And yes, research is showing that people who succumb to covid-19, are doing so because of the intense inflammatory response when the virus invades. Prostatic inflammation and prostate enlargement seem to go together.
A Chronic inflammatory microenvironment is considered to have a contribution in the development of prostate cancer.
Aging and family history are two of the risk factors for BPH. Interesting, so are heart disease, diabetes and obesity – all also inflammatory conditions.
Controlling BPH is very important – not just for comfort. Possible complication can include urine retention, bladder stones, Urinary tract infections. bladder and kidney damage. Yes, there are medications to help control BPH, but as always – let’s look at possible ways we can minimize the BPH, looking at the body as a whole.
Let’s look at some conclusions from a few studies:
2009: “Prostate enlargement due to chronic inflammatory process may progressively conduce to BPH progression. Therefore, some drugs with anti-inflammatory effects could be used in the management of BPH.”
2017 Zagreb Croatia: “Inflammatory cells are quite common in BPH and are seen in prostatic tissue harboring cancer. Recent evidence support theories that chronic inflammation and immune response might be common drivers for both diseases, at least in some cases.”
2013 Milan, Italy: Chronic inflammation could be a predictor of poor response to BPH medical treatment. Thus, the ability to identify patients with chronic inflammation would be crucial to prevent BPH progression and develop target therapies… “. This study finds inflammation is not just part of the cause of BPH, but also interferes with medical treatment.
Urotoday 2017: “men with chronic prostate inflammation in the baseline biopsy had greater LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms) and prostate volume than men without prostate inflammation during the REDUCE trials. Chronic inflammation is associated with increased risks, and severity and the progression of BPH and LUTS outcomes.”
Take a look at the list of foods recommended for men with an enlarged prostate.
Berries, avocado, tomato, broccoli, green tea… foods with a higher antioxidant component…
We know chronic inflammation rises in the body as we age, as out body’s natural mechanism of anti-inflammatory production decreases. Therefor, once again – we see that lowering the body’s overall inflammatory status is a must in disease prevention – and BPH is no exception.