Yearly Archives: 2014

Tomato-rich diet may help fight prostate cancer

Amazing Fresh Ripe Red Tomatoes on VineMen who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes or tomato products per week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancers, suggests a recent British study.

Researchers at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford examined the lifestyle and diets of approximately 1,800 British men between the ages of 50 and 60 men with cancer and approximately 12,000 men who did not have cancer.

The cancer-fighting ingredient is believed to be lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits and vegetables their red color. Although the study’s findings are suggestive, they did not provide enough evidence to make a concrete recommendation.

Got female urinary incontinence? There’s new guidelines.

Kegel exercises, bladder training and weight loss are effective treatments for women with urinary incontinence, says the American College of Physicians (ACP). The ACP recently issued the new, evidence-based guidelines.

There are three types of female urinary incontinence (UI):

  • Stress — characterized by the inability to retain urine when laughing, coughing or sneezing
  • Urgency — characterized by the sudden and involuntary loss of urine for no reason
  • Mixed — a blend of both stress and urgency UI.

The ACP recommends Kegels for women with stress UI, and bladder training for women with urgency UI. The ACP also recommends Kegels and bladder training for women with mixed UI. Obese women with urinary incontinence should lose weight and exercise, says the national physicians ‘organization.

It’s estimated that as many as half of the women with UI do not report it to their physician. See your doctor if you suspect you have urinary incontinence.

What the color of your urine means

Ever wonder why urine looks different? Food can alter its appearance. So can medicine and illness. In general, colorless urine means you drink a lot of water and may want to cut back. Pale straw-colored to transparent yellow urine means you are well hydrated. Dark yellow to amber-colored urine may mean you are dehydrated. It could also indicate liver disease.

See your physician if you have any unusual urine color that persists. Urine that’s occasionally foamy is usually not concerning. If it happens frequently, it could indicate excess protein in your diet or a kidney problem. See a physician. Mind your pee and clues.iStock_000001428197Large

Got an enlarged prostate? Attend our free, GreenLight Laser lecture.

If you’re not satisfied with medication for your enlarged prostate, or are bothered by frequent urination, mark your calendar and make plans to attend a free lecture about the Green Light Laser.

Dr. Salim Hawatmeh of South County Urological will present the 6 pm lecture on Wednesday, November 5th, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center auditorium. The GreenLight Laser is a 30-minute, in-office procedure used to treat an enlarged prostate, which is also known as BPH. South County Urological is the only local, private practice with its own GreenLight Laser.

Although the lecture is free, reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 314-843-8000.

Baldness & aggressive prostate cancer

Men who develop male-pattern baldness— characterized by a receding hairline and thinning hair on the dome of their heads — may be at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer when they get older, says a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Researchers analyzed the hair-loss patterns of almost 40,000 men enrolled in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. They discovered that men who had male pattern baldness by age 45 had a 40 percent increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than those men who did not experience male pattern baldness. Researchers suspect the link is due to increased levels of the male sex hormones. More studies are needed.Man controls hair loss

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