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One in four with enlarged prostates suffer anxiety and depression, says new study

Published on Sep 4, 2014 2:37 PM
 
One in four men in Singapore with an enlarged prostate suffer from anxiety and depression, a new study has found. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE- One in four men in Singapore with an enlarged prostate suffer from anxiety and depression, a new study has found.

An enlarged prostate causes urinary problems and may lead to kidney failure in the worst cases. Many men with the condition often wake up frequently the middle of the night to urinate, which affects their spouse's sleep. Some may experience difficulty with urinating. Those with enlarged prostates may also experience erectile dysfunction.

In North America, one in three men suffer from symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

"Singaporean men might be more accepting of their conditions and think that this is just a side effect of ageing," said Professor E Kesavan, from the National University Hospital. "In fact, it can be treated with medicine and surgery," added the head and senior consultant at the department of urology.

 
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