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Enlarged Prostate  Causes  

The causes of enlarged prostate are not well known; it exists, however, some theories:   

Hormonal factor - many researchers speculate that inflammation may be due to a hormonal problem. Your body produces testosterone (secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females) and estrogens. Those two hormones help the prostate to stay in normal size. As you get older, however, a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and testosterone tends to occur. 

Age - Another theory is that with age, there is an abnormal conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol (a sex hormone ) in the prostate. Normally, at normal levels, dihydrotestosterone helps control the prostate gland. The problem happens when there is an excessive accumulation of DHT in your blood, promoting cell growth in the prostate gland. 

Family history - although genetics plays no role in the occurrence of enlarged prostate , men with a close relative who has suffered from BPH appear to be most at risk.  



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