Aspirin May Delay Enlarged Prostate – Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs Help Improve Symptoms

Aspirin May Delay Enlarged Prostate – Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs Help Improve Symptoms

Aspirin has been shown to benefit many aspects of health, and now it appears aspirin and ibuprofen may help stave off an enlarged prostate. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota say that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen may prevent or delay benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).

Dr. Michael Lieber says “This study suggests that men’s urinary health may be improved by taking NSAIDs”. Lieber is a Mayo Clinic urologist and study investigator. He and his colleagues found the risk of developing an enlarged prostate was 50 percent lower in NSAID users compared to non-users, and risk of developing moderate to severe urinary symptoms was 35 percent lower.

A benign prostatic hyperplasia can cause frequent urination, trouble starting urination, awakening frequently at night to urinate, weak urine stream and an urgent need to urinate. The condition is more pronounced as men age affecting one in four men ages 40 to 50, and about half of all men between the ages of 70 and 80.

Doctor Jenny St. Sauver says “The association between intake of NSAIDs and the reduction of benign prostatic hyperplasia is strengthened by the consistency and magnitude of our findings. We would not recommend that every man go out and take aspirin, but if they are already taking it regularly for other reasons, our findings suggest another benefit as well.” Jenny is a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist and lead study investigator.

The research will be published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

By Dan Wilson

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