For millions of men, the natural aging process will bring about an increase in health conditions including those associated with prostate disorders and prostate disease. Of these, benign prostatic hyperplasias, also known as BPH, leads to a secondary sleep disorder due to the BPH symptoms. For men, understanding the symptoms of BPH, the diagnostic tools for prostate disorder and the natural treatment options, including the use of herbal remedy, saw palmetto, will provide for a more effective prostate treatment program.
BPH, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a common disorder involving and abnormal enlargement of the prostate in aging men. The most common symptom of BPH involves the constant and frequent urge to urinate, especially in the evening hours. For aging men, suffering from BPH, this frequent urination is attributed to the pressure the enlarged prostate places on the male urinary tract system, resulting in an inability to void completely. As a result, men suffering from BPH will find frequent visits to the restroom, especially in the evening, are necessary to continuously empty the bladder.
When suffering from sleep deprivation, associated with frequent urination, aging men should consult a healthcare professional to determine if BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia, is present. Through simple blood testing for a prostate specific antigen, PSA, the healthcare professional can determine if the prostate is enlarged, thereby leading to further testing into the cause and origin for the prostate abnormality.
When diagnosed with BPH, the healthcare profession, in an effort to reduce the enlargement, will prescribe a variety of medications. There is one common herbal remedy, saw palmetto, which has impacted men’s health through the improvement of BPH symptoms. While not a treatment for BPH, saw palmetto does provide for an improvement in symptoms, especially BPH symptoms associated with frequent urination. Through use of saw palmetto, on a regular basis, men suffering with BPH report urinary frequency reduction and, as a result, improved quality of evening sleep patterns.
As with any non-FDA approved herbal remedy, the use of saw palmetto does not come without side effects. Side effects such as gastrointestinal pain and nausea are quite common. Additionally, without FDA approval, the use of saw palmetto, as a natural remedy for BPH symptoms, have not been evaluated and, therefore, may not provide consistent results from one man to another.
As an adult male, continuing to work and support a family, obtaining adequate evening sleep is crucial to productivity. When considering treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH, consult a healthcare professional regarding the use of saw palmetto as a natural approach to a comprehensive treatment plan for prostate enlargement.