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Health Tip: Caring For an Enlarged Prostate

-- As men age, it's common to develop an enlarged prostate, which can cause symptoms that include slowed urination, painful urination and a strong and sudden urge to urinate.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to manage mild symptoms of an enlarged prostate:

  • Go to the bathroom often, and urinate as soon as you feel the need.
  • Restrict caffeine and alcohol, particularly after dinner.
  • Restrict fluids within two hours of bedtime, and spread out fluid intake throughout the day.
  • Avoid over-the-counter medications that contain antihistamines or decongestants, which can worsen symptoms.
  • Get regular exercise and try to stay warm.
  • Limit stress when possible.
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Posted: September 2011