The Truth About LUTS

Our busy lives often make us forget all the signs that our bodies send us to let us know that something is not quite right. Men particularly succumb to avoidance and the social stigma that seeking medical help somehow makes them “weak”. 

This is unfortunate because several conditions lurking behind our apparent good health could be treated successfully or even be prevented. 

So many conditions that can cause significant harm or even death can be treated successfully. Yet, timing is everything. Therefore, waiting to see a doctor, especially when symptoms arise can increase the chances for significant damage. 

The same rings true when it comes to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). A surprisingly large number of men experience lower urinary tract symptoms in silence; symptoms that have a significantly negative effect on their quality of life. 

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Symptoms of LUTS

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) include a weak or broken urine stream, dribbling of urine, difficulty starting to urinate, inability to fully empty the bladder, and other irritative symptoms such as urgency, the frequent need to urinate (urinary frequency), nocturia (urinary frequency at night), incontinence and even urinary tract infections. 

Over time, these symptoms can also cause fatigue, lack of motivation, mood changes and a decrease in sex drive.  

Health care and aging models tend to focus on treating disabilities and illnesses. However, we should be focusing on prevention—which should start well before the age of 65.

LUTS Symptoms

Science now knows that LUTS in men are often caused by Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). This is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged. BPH is mainly caused by aging and is experienced by nearly all men at some point in their lives. 

Although BPH cannot be cured, various treatments are available to significantly reduce symptoms. In most cases, simple lifestyle changes are all that is needed to reduce symptoms. 

If you are experiencing mild BPH symptoms you do not need to “live with it” until the symptoms worsen.

Ensure your quality and quantity of life. The time is now to set-up a visit with your primary care physician for early detection and reduction of your BPH symptoms.