Fast Five Quiz: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Key Aspects

Bradley Schwartz, DO


January 12, 2021

Metabolic syndrome, obesity, hypertension, and genetic factors contribute to the development of BPH. Hyperglycemia and insulin resistance have also been shown to increase the risk for BPH and LUTS.

No clear racial differences in BPH have been determined, but some data suggest that Asian men have a decreased risk for clinical BPH compared with White men. Studies of Black men in the United States have found an increased prostate transition zone and total volume compared with White men.

Prostate volume may increase over time in men with BPH. In addition, peak urinary flow, voided volume, and symptoms may worsen over time in men with untreated BPH. The risk for acute urinary retention and the need for corrective surgery increase with age.

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