Yearly Archives: 2015

Intercourse appears to aid in passage of kidney stones

iStock_000022070159_Small Drinking milk may do a body good, but so does frequent sex. Sexual intercourse may aid in the passage of distal ureteral kidney stones, suggests a study of 90 men conducted by Turkish researchers at the Clinic of Ankara. Distal utereral stones are stones that lodge in the lower portion of the ureters. Ureters are the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder.

Researchers divided the male patients into three groups. Group one was advised to have sexual intercourse three-four times a week. Group two patients were administered tamsulosin. Tamsulosin is an alpha blocker that’s used to treat an enlarged prostate. It relaxes muscles in the ureters making urination easier. Patients in the third group received standard medical therapy for kidney stones.

Researchers found that men who had sex three to four times a week had a better chance of spontaneously expelling their stones. Results of the study were published in July 2015 issue of Urology.

Is there a link between gum disease & prostatitis Maybe…

Treating gingivitis (gum disease) may help reduce symptoms of prostatitis, according to the results of a relatively small study published in the journal DentistryiStock_000058539090_Small.

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. Its symptoms include pain, difficult urination and sexual dysfunction. It can affect men of all ages.

The study conducted by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine included 27 men who had prostatitis and moderate to severe gum disease. The men received treatment for their gum disease — but not for prostatitis. However, prostate symptoms improved in 21 of the 27 men. Six of the men showed no changes.

Prostatitis treatments include an antibiotic (if it is infection based), an anti-inflammatory to manage pain and alpha blockers to reduce urinary symptoms.

Prostate cancer, hormone therapy & fractures

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer puts a man at risk for bone loss and fractures .

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer puts a man at risk for osteoporosis.

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer puts men at risk for fractures.

Androgens are male hormones. Male hormones spur prostate cancer. Some men with prostate cancer undergo androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). ADT lowers the production of male hormones, but it increases the risk for bone loss and fractures according to studies, says the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis is when you lose bone and/or make too little bone.

So what’s a man on ADT to do? For beginners, you may want to have a baseline bone density test before you start ADT. If you have low bone density, your physician may want to prescribe a medication for osteoporosis. Perform weight-bearing exercises like walking or lifting weights, and make sure you get enough calcium and Vitamin D. Also avoid smoking and consuming liquor as these activities increase the risk for bone loss. Talk to physician about the best strategies for you if you are on hormone therapy

Pee-resistant paint fights public urination

iStock_000003394769_SmallSan Francisco has long had a problem with public urination. Now city officials think they have found a deterrent: pee-resistant paint that splashes the fluid back onto the shoes and pants of the offender. It’s been used successfully in Europe so officials of this popular American city by the bay opted to paint nine city walls in a pilot program.

Would be-offenders are warned. A city sign reads: “Hold it. This wall is not a public restroom…” More walls are to be painted. Perhaps this pee-prevention tactic might work in St. Louis. However, if you have a urination problem, we suggest you call us or your physician for an appointment to check things out.

More water, less kidney stones?

Bottoms up!

Water does more than hydrate. It may reduce your risk for kidney stones

Water does more than hydrate. It may reduce your risk for kidney stones

Drinking more water may help reduce your risk of kidney stones.

High water intake may help you keep kidney stones at bay, according to an analysis of several studies. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) physicians reviewed data collected from the studies called a meta-analysis and reported their findings at the 2015 National Kidney Foundation spring clinical meeting.

So what is considered high-volume? At least 2 to 2.5 liters of water per day, says the researchers. That amount is an effective way to reduce one’s risk of kidney stones in half, said researchers involved in the study. But remember too much of anything — including water – is not a good thing. Also diet is an important factor in kidney stone risk reduction.

Talk with your physician about what’s appropriate for you.

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