Can some of the most common urinary problems for males over 50 be avoided? You used to get a solid 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, but now, you’re awakened by that nagging urge to need to visit the bathroom. Unfortunately, this may be a sign of an enlarged prostate. Further symptoms include trouble starting a stream of urine, leaking, or dribbling. Unfortunately, this enlarged prostate is simply a byproduct of getting older.
The most common prostate problem for men over 50 is prostate enlargement. By age 60, over one-half of men have benign prostate hyperplasia, BPH; by age 85, the number climbs to 90%, according to the American Urological Association (AUA).
In men, urine flows from the bladder through the urethra. With an enlarged prostate the flow of urine through the urethra is blocked. And the enlarged prostate cells multiply, putting pressure on the urethra. Over time, the bladder muscles have to push more forcefully to push urine through the body. The bladder muscles become stronger and more sensitive to trying to push urine out of the bladder even when the bladder is not very full, and thus, causing the urge to urinate more frequently.
Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include:
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Getting up frequently at night to urinate
- Dribbling of urine
- Returning to urinate again minutes after finishing
One becomes at risk for urinary tract infections, when the bladder cannot empty itself completely. Other complications that can arise are bladder stones, blood in the urine, urinary retention, and incontinence. Should these conditions develop and worsen, you should see your doctor immediately.