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How to Minimize the Impact of an Enlarged Prostate

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

When men pass the age of 50, they may experience prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The symptoms of BPH are barely noticeable in about 50 to 60 percent of all men. However, some men may experience signs of prostate enlargement such as: 

  • A reluctant, interrupted, or weak urine stream
  • Urine dribbling and leaking
  • Feeling the need to frequently void 
  • Being unable to completely empty the bladder
  • Awakening during the night to void

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Grand Rapids, MI, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. There are many natural methods men can use to manage an enlarged prostate.

Limit Fluid Intake

Reducing fluid intake is often helpful when seniors find it difficult to go to the bathroom every now and then. Seniors should consider limiting their fluid intake a few hours before bedtime or when they are traveling to locations where toilets are not readily available. However, seniors should not limit fluids throughout the day because it can cause dehydration. 

Avoid Natural Diuretics

Black tea, green tea, coffee, and colas contain caffeine, which encourages fluid to leave the body more quickly. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are also natural diuretics older men should avoid. 

Double Void

After the urine stream ends, seniors should wait for a few minutes and try to pass more urine to empty the bladder more efficiently. 

Train the Bladder

Older men should try to lengthen the time between trips to the bathroom to encourage the bladder to hold more urine. The following strategies can help older adults train their bladders to hold urine for a longer period:

  • Urinate in a sitting position to encourage the body to relax 
  • Try reading or another activity to take the mind off the act of voiding  
  • Turn on a faucet because the sound of running water may trigger the bladder to relax and void

Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Grand Rapids live-in home care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life.  

Evaluate Medications

Certain medications such as diuretics, anti-allergies, and some blood pressure and antispasmodic prescriptions can relax bladder muscles or increase fluid elimination. Drugs used to treat neurological symptoms, anxiety, and depression might also exacerbate BPH symptoms. Research the side effects of prescriptions, and consult with your loved one’s doctor or a pharmacist to find alternative medications if needed. 

Some over-the-counter herbal supplements have been shown to alleviate BPH symptoms. These plant-based formulas include: 

  • Beta-sitosterol – This substance strengthens urine flow and helps empty the bladder
  • Pygeum – This supplement strengthens the bladder and lengthens the time between trips to the bathroom
  • Rye pollen extract – This substance has been known to alleviate several BPH symptoms
  • Saw palmetto – This supplement strengthens the urine stream and decreases the number of times needed to void, but results may not occur for four to six weeks

When to Seek Medical Intervention

Men with voiding problems should discuss the matter with their physicians to rule out possible infections, obstructions, and other malignancies.

Caring for a senior loved one with incontinence or other voiding issues can be overwhelming for family caregivers at times. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Grand Rapids, Michigan, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. Call us at 616-243-0835 and let one of our professional caregivers provide high-quality home care for your aging loved one.