An enlarged prostate is medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is common in ageing men and it may cause uncomfortable and annoying urinary symptoms, and in extreme cases pain.
Research shows that caffeine may make these symptoms worse. Caffeine can be found in the following beverages: coffee, tea, some chocolate, sodas, some medications and certain supplements.
Caffeine is a diuretic, as such; it naturally promotes diuresis and increases the production of urine. As a result, this can worsen the symptoms of BPH. Thus, increase your bladder sensation and contractions, increase urinary urgency and frequency. It can trigger jitteriness, a racing heart, and difficulty sleeping.
R. Gass published his finding in the November 2002 issue of “BJU International,” stating that men who consumed a generous amount of coffee significantly had higher risks of an enlarged prostate. In the study, Gass stipulated that coffee increases blood levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, which may be involved in the development of the disease.
Though there’s no established correlation between caffeine and prostate enlargement, kicking out caffeine from your diet can significantly reduce your BPH symptoms.
How Do You Cut Out Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant, and it can be addictive. When you first cut reduce your intake of caffeine, you may experience a caffeine withdrawal disorder. The most common caffeine withdrawal symptoms are the following:
• Irritability and depression
• Difficulty concentrating
• Flu-like symptoms
These few tips listed below can help your caffeine intake and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
First, in order to avoid intense withdrawal symptoms, it’s important to gradually reduce your caffeine intake. Don’t quit cold turkey, instead cut down from two cups to one or switch to decaf.
Keep a journal. Knowing how much caffeine, you have each day, including caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate, medications, and foods, can help you cut back. You may be having more than you realize.
Replace caffeine with herbal tea like green tea or regular tea.
Avoid alcohol or caffeine, especially at night. Read and learn about the ingredients in your prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Some pain-relieving drugs, such as Excedrin and Midol, contain high levels of caffeine. The antibiotics ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and norfloxacin (Noroxin) may prolong how long caffeine stays in your body.
Try taking a walk instead if you feel sluggish during the day rather than take a cup of coffee. Walking for 5 to 10 minutes can give you that extra boost your body needs.
Get enough rest, so you do not turn to caffeine to keep you awake.
Take a walk. If you feel exhausted during the day. This may give you a boost of energy and help you avoid that extra cup of coffee.
Other lifestyle changes that could help minimize BPH symptoms include the following:
• Urinate when you wake up or whenever you have the urge.
• Don’t consume massive amounts of liquid at once.
• Don’t drink within two hours of bedtime.
• Exercise regularly.
• Do Kegel exercises to build up pelvic muscles.
These strategies for reducing stress may also help you to avoid anxiety-related frequent urination.