Winter is pleasing but this season can bring some problems for the elderly. One of them is the increase in prostate problems. Older men are more prone to prostate gland enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), during chilly months. This problem is common among men who are above the age of 60 years. The prostate gland is responsible to produce the fluid that carries sperm when a man ejaculates. The problem can be managed with some lifestyle modifications like not having fluids at night and medications.
“The symptoms of BPH are frequent urination during the night, inability to empty the bladder completely. Furthermore, urinary symptoms tend to worsen as the days become colder and impact one’s quality of life. Also, one sweats less and loses less fluid while sweating and in this process, more urine is produced and one ends up using the washroom frequently. Many times it has been noted that these symptoms are confused with UTI Which leads to unnecessary antibiotic administration which leads; to resistance,” said Dr. Tarun Jain, Urologist Apollo Spectra Mumbai.
According to Dr Santosh Palkar – Consultant Urologist, Zen Multi specialty Hospital – men who are above the age of 55 years may have urination problems owing to enlargement of the prostate called Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
“Thus, you will have to continuously visit the loo during night time. In 2021 around 250 to 300 patients aged 55plus years have come with this complaint. Men who are stressed tend to urinate more. So, try to relax and do yoga or mediation to de-stress. Avoid caffeine that can irritate the bladder, and empty the bladder fully while peeing,” Dr Palkar added.
Several lifestyle modifications will help one manage this condition.
“After taking sonography, the doctor will tell you how to go about it. Medications and surgery can be helpful, empty the bladder properly, avoid getting stressed and you can meditate or do yoga, cut down on drinking caffeine, alcoholic beverages during the evening as they can irritate the bladder and lead to more urine production by the kidneys. Do pelvic exercises only under the guidance of the fitness trainer,” Dr. Jain added.