By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Bladder problems are common in men. Most involve urination, such as having trouble urinating or going too often. But you don’t have to live with bladder problems. In most cases, they can be treated.
The first step is to find out what’s causing the problem. As we age, our muscles become less strong. The muscles in the bladder are no exception. Weak muscles can lead to leaking urine or not being able to empty your bladder fully.
Another major issue is the prostate. Older men are more likely to have an enlarged prostate gland, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia. An enlarged prostate is one of the leading causes of incontinence in men. When the prostate gets larger, it presses on the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body. This can cause many problems with urination.
The key is to meet with your physician and discuss these issues. It can make a major difference once you find out what is wrong.