Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (AKA prostate gland enlargement) — is a common condition as men get older. The prostate is a small gland located in the pelvis, between the bladder and penis. Its primary role is to help propel fluid and semen during sexual climax.
In older men typically over 50, the prostate may become enlarged, placing pressure on the bladder and urethra, potentially affecting urination and bladder control. Why does BPH occur? The exact mechanism is unknown however it is believed that hormonal regulation plays a big part. Thus, programming to enhance lifestyle factors such as physical activity, sleep, nutrition, and stress management may be greatly impactful.
Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate and often occurs in men younger than 50. This inflammation may occur due to blunt force trauma, or a bacterial infection created during urination or sex.