Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Check Your Cholesterol Levels
Here’s something you probably never knew: Reproductive hormones like testosterone are largely mad of cholesterol. There is some evidence that men with high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol are more likely to have BPH.

Skip The Doughnuts
Cutting out sugary snacks and simple carbohydrates like doughnuts, white bread, and potato chips is a good way to lose weight and also guard against high blood sugar levels. Men who are very obese (defined as a body mass index of 35 or higher) are 3.5 times more likely to develop BPH than men with normal levels.

Stop At One Beer
We’re not suggesting you cut out alcohol altogether, but cutting back is a good idea. Men who have two or more drinks a day are one-third more likely to develop BPH than those who have less than one month.

Reach For Low-fat Or Non-fat Options
If you’re getting more than 38 percent of your calories from fat, you’re not only eating a really high-fat diet, you’re also about a third more likely to develop BPH than your friend down the road who is consuming fewer than 26 percent of his calories from fat.