Age. If you are over the age of 50, you have a higher risk of experiencing
symptoms related to enlarged prostate (BPH)
than younger men. If younger men have BPH-like urinary symptoms, they are generally
caused by other problems.
The risk of having BPH increases with age. According to the American Urological
Association (AUA), BPH is found in 60% of men over 60 years of age and in up to
80% of men over 80 years of age.
Genetics. Your risk of symptoms increases if BPH runs in your family, especially
if a relative was affected before age 60.
Can BPH be prevented?
Generally, BPH cannot be prevented. Some people believe regular ejaculations will
prevent prostate enlargement; however,
there is no scientific evidence that this helps.