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March 2017

Is a Small Bladder a Big Problem?

By: Arkansas Urology

There's nothing worse than asking friends and family members to stop and pull over during long car trips several times so you can use the restroom. It's easy to assume that some bladders are just smaller than others. But is this reality?

It’s a real misconception that some people just have smaller bladders that cause them to make frequent bathroom visits. However, that’s rarely the cause of your issue. In healthy people, your bladder’s capacity ranges from one to two cups. Even if you have had part of your bladder removed surgically, your bladder will typically expand back to normal size.

It is possible to have a functionally small bladder where your bladder is more sensitive to the need to urinate. For most people, you will feel the need to go when your bladder is half-full. Most people can wait to use the restroom past this point until it’s a more convenient time. However, with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle seems to give the wrong message to the brain so you think you have to go a lot sooner than you do.

A symptom of overactive bladder is if you have to go to the restroom more often – more than seven times a day. If this is the case, you may want to consult with a urologist about the issue. A doctor can help you find the best treatment option for you, which can sometimes be simple lifestyle changes.

If you think you may have an issue with overactive bladder, give us a call at 1-877-321-8452 for an appointment or to speak to one of our providers.

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February 2017

How Dehyrdation Effects the Bladder

By: Arkansas Urology

With many bladder ailments, people have a natural tendency to avoid drinking water in an effort to avoid the situation causing them discomfort; urination. Unfortunately, this habit can cause you to win the bathroom battle but lose the war. Deliberately causing mild dehydration will actually almost always make your bladder problems worse.drinking water

The reason many people have this frequent, urgent need to use the bathroom is actually due to an irritated or stressed bladder, and the muscles surrounding it. This irritation or stress causes the bladder and muscles to be especially sensitive and prone to aggravation, which causes you to feel the need to urinate more often.

Avoiding water to reduce your trips to the bathroom only worsens this irritation because now your urine is more concentrated. Concentrated urine is more acidic and full of the toxins and irritants that your body is trying to filter out. When this stronger urine fills the bladder, or worse, is held in the bladder over time, the root of the problem has only been aggravated.

The best thing to do in this circumstance is to attempt to drink more water. The trick is to be strategic about when and how you drink more water. Sipping your water in small amounts will keep from overfilling your bladder suddenly and causing spasms that lead to urgency and incontinence. Try drinking an additional two to four cups of water a day, but space out your sips in small increments so that your hydration levels are constantly being replenished.

You should certainly be considerate of your routine, and avoid increasing water intake when you know you won’t have access to a bathroom. However, over time your healthier hydration levels should help alleviate your frequency and urgency issues, giving you more freedom to go and do as you please instead of being trapped near restrooms. If you have never spoken to a urologist about your frequency or urgency concerns, now is the time. These signs can often be symptoms of a much more serious illness that should be addressed right away. If you would like to make an appointment or speak to one of our staff members about any urological concern, give us a call at 1-877-321-8452.

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February 2017

What is Cold Diuresis

By: Arkansas Urology

It’s a phenomenon that all may not experience, but most will not want to talk about: the cold-weather-induced need to urinate. More people than not will experience this phenomenon throughout their lives at varying frequencies, but many will never know why. The truth is no one knows with 100% certainty why this happens, but scientists and doctors have a pretty good guess -- cold diuresis.winter image

Cold diuresis is the body’s way of preserving heat when it feels that you may be in danger of hypothermia. When your body begins to react to a drop in temperature, it starts to constrict your blood vessels to reduce blood flow to the skin and keep the warmth around your internal organs.

This causes an increase in blood pressure because there is now the same amount of blood in your body being pumped through a smaller amount of space. In response to this increase in pressure, the kidneys begin to filter out excess fluid in the blood to reduce the blood’s volume, and therefore the pressure. All this fluid has to go somewhere, and that’s where the increased urination begins.

Currently, there is no scientific research that can definitively tell us a set temperature, exposure length, age or other factor that causes cold diuresis. Luckily, if you find yourself urinating more often in cold weather you can rest assured it probably isn’t a sign of anything too serious.

The best advice there is to someone who thinks they are experiencing this phenomenon is to bundle up and try to stay warm. Cold Diuresis is technically a warning sign of your body sensing hypothermia, so you should pay attention and make sure you enjoy the cold weather safely.

You should also remember to drink extra water when you come in from the cold, because even though you probably didn’t sweat, you may still have lost too much fluid from the effects of cold diuresis. If you find yourself urinating in extremely excessive amounts or frequencies, you should contact your doctor immediately as this may be a sign of a more serious condition. Please give us a call at 1-877-321-8452 to schedule an appointment or talk to one of our staff members.

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January 2017

New Year Resolutions That Are Bad for You

By: Arkansas Urology

 

"New Year, New You." This is a phrase used often around this time of year. With the beginning of a new calendar year, many people choose to make goals to improve their lives and their health over the coming months. What many people fail to realize, however, is that sometimes these resolutions do more harm than good. Here are four ways your new year's health initiatives could actually damage your health.

1. You over exercise without proper hydration. Exercising is a wonderful way to care for your body and improve your health. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the full toll working out can take on your body if you don’t already exercise regularly. On top of common stress injuries like torn muscles and inflamed joints, dehydration is a real danger when exercising intensely. On top of your regular eight glasses a day, you should aim to drink an additional glass of water for every thirty minutes of exercise. It is also a good idea to drink a glass or two an hour before and during the hour after exercising.

2. You work out in too-tight clothing. Choosing a new workout outfit can be great motivation for some to get moving, but you should be conscious of the fabrics and the fits that you choose. Studies have shown that working up a sweat in tight fitting, non-breathable clothing will trap moisture and cause bacteria to grow. This is bad news for those prone to UTIs and other infections, and this can even cause a new outbreak in someone who has never experienced a bacterial infection before.

3. You choose an extreme crash diet. Watching what you eat is a great way to lose weight; drastically slashing calories is not. When you over-restrict calories, you cause stress on your gall bladder and dropped cholesterol, which could lead to gallstones. Reliance on strictly “diet foods,” could also cause undue stress to the kidneys because these foods are often loaded with sneaky sugars and sodium. Remember to care for your digestive system when dieting by choosing low sugar foods that are high in fiber and vitamins.

4. You choose a well recommended “healthy diet” without consulting your doctor. Diets are so tricky because each person is so unique. We all have different nutrient requirements based on our height, weight, activity level, and medical history, so in many cases a popular “healthy diet,” could actually damage your health if you don’t do your research. Anyone with a history of diabetes or insulin resistance should be very careful about diets that require you to manipulate the amount of carbs that you eat because an insufficient or highly sporadic intake of carbs could wreak havoc on your insulin levels. With any major change to your health and fitness routines, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor. They will be able to work with you to carefully create a plan that has your body and your history in mind.

The important thing to remember is that even a small step towards better health is a big step towards progress. With the help of our specialists, we hope to help as many people as possible choose to make 2017 a year of health.


 

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Teach. Test. Treat. The Swings for Screens Foundation provides free patient education and health screenings men. We want to be at your next event.

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Kickoff to Men's Health

Arkansas Urology and Epoch Men’s Health observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month each September by offering men a free and complete health screening.

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