Healthy Moments Episode

What BPH Means to Men

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Apr 6, 2009 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers informs men over 40 that an enlarged prostate, or BPH, is a common problem that can be treated. He details common symptoms of BPH.


If you're a man over 40, you should know that prostate enlargement is as common as your kids asking you for money.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

When a man's prostate becomes enlarged, it may signal a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, which is common in men over 40.

The most usual symptoms involve urination and include:

• an urgent need to urinate

• a hesitant or weak urine stream

• and frequent urination, especially at night

If you're experiencing symptoms like these, see a doctor who will rule out other conditions such as prostate cancer. Treatment of BPH can reduce symptoms and help you avoid more serious problems.

For more information, visit our web site at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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