Bladder Problem

Diagnosing and treating bladder problems

September 13, 2018 - 3:15 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It is somewhat embarrassing to talk about, but necessary. Bladder problems are common in men. Most involve urination, such as having trouble urinating or urinating too often. 

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.