If you are an older man who feels compelled to make multiple trips to the bathroom to relieve your bladder, your symptoms may be due to “benign prostatic hyperplasia” (BPH). This condition is caused by an enlarged prostate gland, which narrows the urethra (which passes through the prostate) and a consequent inability to empty the bladder. While experts are not 100 percent sure what causes the abnormal prostate growth of BPH, there are certain modifiable risk factors that could be at least partially responsible for prostate enlargement and “lower urinary tract symptoms” (LUTS). Among these are obesity and diabetes, which has led researchers to conclude that maintaining normal weight and controlling blood sugar may help prevent BPH.
P.S. Some research has linked high blood pressure (hypertension) to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).