This is cheerful news for old people who are vulnerable to
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a urological condition caused by a
benign increase in the size of the prostate as men get older. A recent study on dogs with BPH offers hope for a non-invasive option to treat an enlarged prostate.
Men suffering from BPH struggle with urinary tract problems,
urethral obstruction, urine blood and sexual dysfunction.
Researchers carried out a non-invasive treatment trial on
dogs with BPH. The trial was a success
since it was able to reduce the size of the prostate gland, and the researchers
hope this would work for humans too.
The new methodology used in the trial on dogs was pulsed
electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), which is a noninvasive treatment method
that generates both an electrical and magnetic field and is currently in use in
orthopedics, neurology, and urology.
The dogs involved in the study were treated with PEMF for 5 minutes, twice a
day for three weeks. The device was just held over the skin of prostate
There was tremendous progress in reduction of the size of
the prostate of about 57% in dogs. There was no compromise in semen quality, libido or the levels
Doppler studies showed a reduction of peripheral blood
resistances and a progressive reduction in blood flow resistance in the
prostatic artery dorsal branch.
Raffaella Leoci, lead author of the research, said,
"Previous studies have suggested that reduced blood flow to the prostate gland
and resulting inflammation contribute to the development of BPH. We know that
PEMF has positive effects on similar conditions, so we thought it might also
heal BPH or may be even prevent BPH from developing."
The study appeared in the journal The Prostate.