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May 2016

How Fitness Affects Your Health

By: Arkansas Urology

 

May is National Fitness Month. We understand that with some conditions you may not feel like exercising or that you might not think that it has much affect. Think again. Exercise is hardly ever a bad idea no matter what your condition. 

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Exercise, like other healthy habits such as a balanced diet, will boost your overall health. It will help you not gain weight and keep your blood pressure in check. Exercising can also help you deal better with stress. Doing something that is good for your overall health is definitely going to be good for your bladder and kidneys.

If you have avoided exercise or physical activity in general because of leakage issues, then it’s time to stop. Exercise can actually help with bladder control. Get the right products to help you start an exercise program, but don’t be afraid to get moving.

Aerobic activity such as walking, biking or swimming, is actually the best form of exercise to help your kidneys. Aerobics can help prevent type 2 diabetes, which is the number one cause of kidney failure.

Regular exercisers are proven to have lower levels of creatinine, which is a chemical waste product in the blood. Also, their kidneys were better able to clear creatinine from the bloodstream. In essence, aerobic exercising can lead to better performing kidneys. Of course, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, so a good, healthy amount of exercise is 30 – 60 minutes per day.

For any other health concerns and more information on any urologic issues you may have, give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452. 

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May 2016

OB/GYN vs. Urologist

By: Arkansas Urology

 

For women, it can be confusing to know what conditions to see an OB/GYN for and what to see a urologist for? Many times if a woman has an established relationship with her OB/GYN, she might be more comfortable going to her with an issue, but is that doctor really going to be the expert on her condition?

It’s not uncommon for women to assume they can see their OB/GYN for most issues that occur below your waistline. However, that’s not the case. OB/GYNs specialize in caring for pregnant women and conditions of the female reproductive system. A urologist sees and treats diseases and disorders relating to the kidney and bladders for both men and women.

For any issue related to your bladder like urinary incontinence or overactive bladder, see a urologist. A urologist sees and treats conditions like these on a daily basis and will be most familiar with them along with the best course of treatment. If you have a urinary stone or infection, a urologist is also the person you should see.

For women who are going through menopause, a gynecologist can help women manage symptoms. However, a urologist can help them with any other health conditions they may experience later on after menopause like pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence.

If you have infertility issues, many times women will consult with their OB/GYN first; however, a urologist can see and treat both partners to discover what the issue may be.

If you’re experiencing general abdominal discomfort, it might be best to consult with your primary care doctor first. He or she can then determine the problem, the cause and what specialist you should see.

 

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April 2016

5 Myths About Infertility

By: Arkansas Urology

 

April 24 – 30, 2016 is Infertility Awareness Week. Infertility affects more couples than you may realize. Conceiving a child is something that many couples take for granted; however about one in five couples have trouble conceiving after a year of trying.

Here are five common myths about infertility.

Myth #1 – See a doctor if you don’t conceive after three months of trying.
A healthy couple between ages 29 and 33 with normal functional reproductive systems has only a 20-25 percent chance of conceiving in any given month. Most couples will conceive after six months of trying without any kind of assistance. Most experts agree that if you are under 35, then after a year of trying to conceive you should consult with a doctor. If you are over 35, then see your physician after six months.

Myth #2 – In the majority of cases, infertility is the female’s fault.
The fact is that infertility affects both men and women equally. If conceiving is an issue, then both partners should consult with a doctor. It’s best to find the problem as soon as possible.

Myth #3 – Changing your lifestyle habits doesn’t affect your chances of getting pregnant.
Lifestyle decisions definitely affect your ability to conceive. Of course, smoking will decrease fertility for both males and females. Your weight, being overweight or underweight, also affects your chances of having a baby. In fact, 12 percent of all infertility cases are a result of weight issues. If these are factors, changing your habits will definitely help.

Myth #4 – Eating certain foods can help you be more fertile.
There’s not a magic diet that will help you see two lines on a pregnancy test. You don’t have to worry about cutting out caffeine or eating only fish. It’s a lot more important that you have a well-balanced, healthy diet. Eating foods rich in folic acids like leafy green vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits can benefit pregnancy.

Myth #5 – If I see a specialist about infertility that means I’ll have to have in vitro.
The good news is that 85-90 percent of all infertility cases can be treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Less than three percent of couples need advanced reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization.

At Arkansas Urology, infertility is one of our specialties. We see couples who are having issues conceiving, determine the cause and help them determine the right treatment for them. Give us a call today to make an appointment or talk with someone in our office, 1-877-321-8452.

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April 2016

Cancer Risks in Minorities

By: Arkansas Urology

When it comes to your risk for cancer, there are certain factors you can control. Eat healthier. Be more active. Quit smoking. However, sometimes, risk Minorities and cancerfactors are beyond your control. If you have a family history of cancer and unfortunately your race can also affect risk. Minority groups in the U.S. continue to have a greater risk for cancer than whites.

The cancer death rate among African American men is 27% higher compared to white men. Researchers have found variants in DNA that are associated with the risk of developing prostate cancer. Nearly all of the variants related to the risk were found most often in black men. However, many times this disparity has to do with poverty, lack of access to detection services and treatment, so these facts don’t have to necessarily remain true.

However, the sad fact is that about one in two black men and one in three black women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, according to the American Cancer Society. The most common for black males is prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 29,530 cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in black men in 2016. This demographic also has the highest death rate.

The best prevention measure is screening and regular checkups with your physician. Cancer risks also are a result of lifestyle choices so using tobacco, being physically inactive or overweight or drinking alcohol in excess contribute to your personal risk. Also, remember that prostate cancer can run in families. One of the best choices you can make for your family is to get regular screenings and make lifestyle decisions for better health.

The good news is that despite the disparity, rates are improving. The death rate for cancers among African Americans has been declining since the 1990s. To learn more about your risk for cancer or to talk to a physician about a concern, give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452.

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March 2016

5 Facts You Might Not Know About Kidney Cancer

By: Arkansas Urology

 

Kidney cancer accounts for about three percent of all cancers in the U.S. While the rate of kidney cancer is increasing, the death rate has been declining since the 1990s. Since March is National Kidney Month, here are five things you might not know about kidney cancer.

1. It’s not unusual for kidney cancer not to have any symptoms especially in the early stages. In fact in many cases, kidney cancer is not diagnosed until it has already spread. Kidney cancer is often detected in its early stage through routine checkups.

2. Kidney cancer occurs about twice more often in men and women, and it’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 50-70. People are rarely diagnosed younger than age 45.

3. If a sibling has kidney cancer, your risk for developing kidney cancer is higher than if your parent has it. Experts think environment just as well as genetics can play a role in your risk.

4. Renal cell cancer is the most common type of kidney cancer. This is when malignant cancer cells form a tumor in the tubules of the kidney. If it’s caught early, the chance of the cancer coming back is very low. However, it is hard to detect in the early stages.

5. A person can live with only part of a working kidney. For many cases, the treatment includes surgery to remove part or the entire affected kidney. When surgery to remove the tumor isn’t possible, arterial embolization may be used to shrink the tumor. Radiation or chemotherapy can also be part of treatment in addition to surgery. Regardless of treatment, people live long and healthy lives with only one kidney.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney cancer or if you have a family history of the condition, give us a call today. Our experts can help you develop the best treatment plan for your condition. Call 1-877-321-8452.


 

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March 2016

Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

By: Arkansas Urology

March is National Kidney Month. The kidneys are a pair of physician bean-shaped organs about the size of a fist. They are located to the right and left of your backbone and attached to the upper back wall of your abdomen. The kidneys’ purpose is to filter blood and produce urine.

At Arkansas Urology, one of the conditions we see and treat is kidney cancer. According to the American Cancer Society about 62,700 new cases of kidney cancer will occur in 2016. It’s more common in men than women.

For anyone the risk for kidney cancer and cancer in general increases as you age. A family history of kidney cancer definitely affects your risk. A parent having the cancer will increase it, but the risk is highest if your brother or sister has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. It’s not entirely clear if this is due to genetics or having the same environment growing up. In fact, many studies support the environment theory and have suggested that your workplace can contribute to your risk if you are exposed repeatedly to certain substances.

With kidney cancer, certain inherited conditions will cause you to have a much higher risk like von Hippel-Lindau disease, hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma, hereditary leiomyoma-renal cell carcinoma and Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome.

Many risk factors such as smoking and obesity apply to various types of cancers and not just kidney. High blood pressure will also put you at an increased risk.

Pay attention to any warning signs or symptoms you experience, like blood in your urine, back pain, mass on the side or lower back and unexplained weight loss. Write them down and make an appointment with your physician soon. Be sure to mention that you do have a family history of kidney cancer. Unfortunately, many times kidney cancer will not present symptoms in early stages. Be sure that you have regular checkups with your physician.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452.

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February 2016

Heart Disease and Incontinence

By: Arkansas Urology

 

February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease strikes someone in the United States every 43 seconds. It’s heart disease and incontinencenot uncommon for heart issues to be related to urologic conditions. In fact, more than half of all people with heart failure have issues with urinary incontinence.

It’s often that medication for heart failure will reduce the buildup for excess fluid in the body. These medications are fast-acting to stimulate your kidneys and will make your trips to the bathroom more frequent. They can often product a sudden urgency and even result in waking up in the middle of the night to urinate. Some people can often have issues with leaking urine.

It’s important not to stop medication related to your heart condition. However, you should consult with your physician about it especially when you feel like the medication plays a role. Sometimes changing the time of day you take the medication can help. Incontinence can also be managed in other ways possibly without adjusting your heart medication.

Don’t view the incontinence as a secondary issue you’ll have to live with, because when left untreated, incontinence can lead to more health problems. The most important thing is to talk to your doctor about the issue and the symptoms you’ve been having. He/she will know the best course of action to take to help the incontinence.

You can give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to discuss your condition or help you make an appointment. Call 1-877-321-8452.

 

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February 2016

Is Erectile Dysfunction Preventable?

By: Arkansas Urology

With Valentine’s Day approaching the last thing you want is for there to be strain on your relationship. Sexual dysfunction can affect both men and women. In men, erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur at any age, but it does happen more frequently as men age. And unfortunately it can put a stress on your relationship, but the truth is that the majority of men experience it at some point in their lives.

The good news is it’s a highly treatable condition, but treatment varies. Couple embracing - Erectile Dysfunction There’s not a standard treatment for everyone. Treatment for ED depends on the cause of the issue. In nearly 70 percent of cases of erectile dysfunction, prescription medications will successfully treat the problem. If the issue is due to psychological issues, counseling may be recommended as well. Sometimes medication may need to be injected. Only in rare cases is surgery recommended.

As you age, you are more likely to have ED but you’re also more at risk for other chronic conditions, and chances are you are not as active. The best way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to have a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions may cause ED. If so, work with your physician to manage those more effectively. Smoking and excessive alcohol can also be a cause. Make sure you are physically active and have a healthy diet.

Even if you start experiencing ED, you should consult with a physician soon because the issue is highly treatable. Your doctor will perform tests to determine the cause and then the best treatment. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our physicians, call 1-877-321-8452.

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January 2016

Myths About Testicular Cancer

By: Arkansas Urology

Testicular cancer is one of the most rare forms of cancer that men can develop. Because of its rarity, people can often be misinformed about testicular cancer, the outcome, its causes and effects. We’re here to bust some of the more common myths about testicular cancer.

Myth 1 - It’s an older man’s disease.

Actually, you are more likely to develop testicular cancer between the ages of 20-39 than any other age group.

Myth 2 – Testicular cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for men.

The good news is testicular cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. The five-year survival rate is 95%.

Myth 3 – If your father or uncle had testicular cancer, you will also get it.

Although family history does increase your risks, testicular cancer is extremely rare. The chance of developing this type of cancer is typically less than 1 in 250.

Myth 4 – Testicular cancer is only found during a doctor’s exam.

Men themselves or their partners initially discover most cases of testicular cancer rather than their doctors. With testicular cancer, it’s important that you perform self-examinations. You know your body better than anyone else and will be more likely to notice when things change.

Myth 5 – Symptoms of testicular cancer are not easily noticeable.

While the symptoms of testicular cancer may not be overwhelming, be sure to check for simple things. If you see any swelling or fluid build-up or experience pain, aching or discomfort, consult with a physician.

Myth 6 – If I get testicular cancer, I won’t be able to have children after.

This is true only in very rare cases. In the majority of cases, only one testicle is removed and so there is little change to fertility and sex drive.

If you or a loved one suspects testicular cancer, make an appointment today with one of our physicians. Call 1-877-321-8452 or request an appointment online.

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