About supporting and maintaining a healthy Prostate
Urinary urgency and overactive bladder symptoms affect more than half the population of men in their 50s, and this percentage grows to as many as 90% of men in their 70s.
Being the most common form of ailment, an overactive bladder leads to bothersome urinary symptoms affecting men’s quality of life both during the day and night. The most common cause of overactive bladder symptoms in men results from changes in the prostate as men age.
What are the signs that you need to look for?
In general, if you see a change in your urination patterns, your prostate health might be affected.
This means that you may experience some or all the situations mentioned below:
• A sudden strong urge to urinate, without being able to hold back.
• Waking up several times during the night to urinate.
• Urinary stream might be weak, inconsistent and/or dribbling.
• Irregular delay in beginning of urination.
• Feeling of needing to urinate even after the stream has stopped.
General telltale signs that you should be aware of:
- If you are tired during the day due to frequent restroom visits at night
- If you avoid drinking in the evening, so as to reduce the number of restroom visits at night
- If you find yourself thinking twice before engaging in sports or any other regular activity due to the stress of being able to relieve yourself
- If your stress levels increase when you are in a situation in which you might have restrictions on reaching the restroom on time, such as flights, highways or important meetings
If you’ve encountered any of the situations described above, you have probably reached the stage at which your prostate is in charge of you instead of the other way around.
Where is the prostate gland situated, and how can it affect your urination pattern?
The prostate is a small gland situated under the male bladder and is a part of the male sexual system. The prostate encompasses the upper part of the urethral tube (the tube through which urine passes from the bladder outside). With aging, the prostate can start to press on the urethral tube and lead to issues with urination.