A common condition in older men – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – can cause lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that can have a significant impact on quality of life (QoL). A longitudinal, prospective, observational, multicenter study called the Quality of Life in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (QUALIPROST) examined the QoL changes and symptom relief in a large cohort of patients with moderate-to-severe LUTS/BPH being managed by therapeutic approaches typically found in real-world clinical practice. The study was conducted in centers throughout Spain from September 2009 to June 2011.

Saw Palmetto showed equal efficacy when compared to conventional drug treatments. I find this not only personally interesting, but a benefit to most men. Some of the medical treatments have side effects, especially hypotension when taking Flomax. It has been shown that Proscar (Finesteride) can have sexual side effects.

This large study showed equal efficacy when looking at quality of life symptoms. More studies need to be done.

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