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Is it Smart to Do a Kidney Cleanse?

Posted in Uncategorized | January 30, 2019

Kidney Cleanse, Plano, TXAt the beginning of the new year, you may have made certain resolutions. This time of year spurs most people on to think of healthy changes they can make to live their best life. One of the health-boosting steps that many people take is to do some sort of cleanse. Here, we take a look at the average kidney cleanse, what it’s supposed to do, and why you may not want to start yours without in-depth planning.

The kidneys are small organs that are about the size of a computer mouse. There is one on each side of the back just lower than the ribcage. The function of the kidneys is to filter approximately 200 quarts of blood each day to remove water and waste. Essentially, the kidneys are the body’s filtration system. It is precisely for this reason why a kidney cleanse may sound like a good idea.

It isn’t just filtering that the kidneys do all day. These organs also release hormones that are involved in several critical physical functions, including the making of red blood cells in bone marrow and the balance of calcium in the bones.

What is a Kidney Cleanse, anyway?

A kidney cleanse may be a diet or supplement program that goes on for several days. During a cleanse, foods, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements may be ingested to increase the flushing capacity of the kidneys. This is supposed to clean stagnant debris from the organs. As a result, kidneys supposedly function more efficiently and should be less likely to develop kidney stones. Also, proponents of kidney cleansing claim that a cleanse can improve urinary tract health and boost immunity.

What we need to remember about the kidneys is that, as the body’s filtrating organs, they are self-cleansing. The best thing we can do for kidney health is to drink plenty of water (but not too much). The average person needs between 90 and 120 ounces of water a day for optimal health and hydration. Beyond that, the use of supplements and even certain foods could lead to unwanted side effects. For example, consuming too much beetroot, a common kidney cleanse item, could lead to a drop in blood pressure or a spike in blood sugar. For certain people, these side effects are highly detrimental.

If you want to keep your kidneys healthy, scientific research suggests that you drink water throughout the day, eat a healthy diet, and maintain a healthy weight. With habits like these, your kidneys should take care of themselves.

Do you need care for kidney or urinary symptoms? Call our Plano urology office at (972) 403-5425.

Signs that a Man Needs to See a Urologist

Posted in Men's Health | January 15, 2019

Mens Health, Plano, TXMen are notoriously bad at seeing the doctor as often as they should. Throughout history, this has been a bit of a joke between partners and in society at large. However, as a man ages, his need for consistent medical care increases. Maintaining checkups is the best way to catch abnormal symptoms or measurements before they cause real damage. Here, we point out a few of the minor annoyances that indicate a man really needs to see a urologist.

  1. Frequent urination. Some men struggle to get a decent night’s sleep because they must get up several times to urinate. This is referred to as nocturia. In other situations, it is daytime activities that get disrupted by the frequent need to urinate. There could be a few reasons for this problem, including urinary incontinence, infection, an enlarged prostate. With proper care, the frequency of urination may be decreased.
  2. Difficulty urinating. If urine flow is not consistent; it starts and stops several times during urination, we describe this as urinary difficulty. One of the most common reasons for this problem is an enlarged prostate. By treating the underlying issue, we may be able to regain better control overflow.
  3. Erectile dysfunction. This is not a new problem by any means, but it is one that has been widely researched in the past few decades. What has been learned about erectile dysfunction has led to a number of advances in urologic care. Today, any man who has difficulty getting or keeping an erection can gain an understanding of why and, most importantly, what to do about it.
  4. Couples who are having a hard time conceiving may consider consulting with a fertility specialist. Before this point, it can be beneficial for a man to schedule a comprehensive examination with his urologist. As much as 25% of infertility can be traced to a male reproductive problem. In many cases, the problem can be corrected.
  5. Blood in the urine. There are a few reasons why blood may be present in the urine, and some can be serious (bladder or kidney cancer). If there is any evidence of blood-tinged urine, a urology exam should be scheduled right away.

Collin County Urology is proud to serve men in Plano and surrounding areas. For more information on our services, call (972) 403-5425.

Kegel Exercises Can Benefit Men, Too!

Posted in Bladder Control, Erectile Dysfunction | December 30, 2018

Kegel exercise benefits for men Plano, TXThroughout history, men have had a widespread reputation of being muscular – and being intentional about their muscle-building. Men of all ages can be seen working their quads, triceps, and abs in gyms across the globe. While the overwhelming reason for building muscle strength may be that men want to feel good about how they look, there are numerous benefits to strength training, including better erections, more stamina, and better bladder control.

The sexual and urologic benefits of strength training pertain to exercise that focuses on the pelvic floor, otherwise known as Kegel exercises. Typically, the perception is that Kegels are for women. This is not the case, because women aren’t the only ones who have pelvic floor muscles. Men also rely on muscle strength in this area to support bladder control and for adequate penile function.

Benefits of Kegel Exercises for Men

One of the advantages of Kegel exercises is that they can be done anywhere and anytime and no one will know. Men can practice the controlled squeeze-and-release of the pelvic floor muscles at their desk, on their drive to work, or while winding down in their recliner at the end of the day. The functional reasons for doing these discreet exercises include a desire to increase ejaculatory control and sexual arousal, to support prostate health and to minimize the accidental urine leakage that often occurs with age.

The value of Kegel exercises for men has been confirmed in numerous research studies. In one research project including 55 middle-aged men with erectile dysfunction, researchers found that participants achieved varying degrees of improvement with consistent Kegel performance for 3 to 6 months. In a follow-up questionnaire, 40 percent of study participants stated a return of normal erectile function. Just over 35 percent indicated improvement in penile rigidity. Approximately 25 percent said they did not feel Kegels made a difference in erectile function. In another study, medical school researchers at Ohio State University concluded that pelvic floor exercises increased erectile responsiveness.

Should All Men Do Kegel Exercises?

Studies suggest that most men can benefit from the daily performance of several sets of Kegel exercises. The practice is easy to develop by paying attention to which muscle contracts to stop the flow of urine. This is the muscle to contract during Kegels. As important as the contraction is the full release of the squeeze. Some researchers have suggested that Kegels are especially useful for men who are scheduled to have radical prostatectomy as a way to promote recovery ahead of surgery.

For some men, pelvic floor exercises can worsen chronic pelvic pain symptoms or chronic prostatitis. Therefore, it is recommended that any man with pelvic symptoms speak with his doctor before beginning a pelvic floor routine.

We proudly serve men in the Plano area with personalized care and state-of-the-art modalities. For more information on treatment for erectile dysfunction and other urologic conditions, call (972) 403-5425.

Peyronie’s Disease: Don’t Go it Alone

Posted in Peyronie’s Disease | December 15, 2018

Peyronie’s Disease Plano, TXMen may notice various parts of their body, but none tend to be scrutinized as much as the penis. For years, men whose penis is not perfectly straight when erect have wondered what is wrong with their anatomy. Ultimately, it is normal for the erect penis to curve slightly or lean subtly to the right or left. When we start to take notice is when the curvature is apparent or uncomfortable. This could indicate a condition referred to as Peyronie’s Disease.

What Exactly is Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie’s disease is more than a penile curvature; it is a condition that results from plaque or scar tissue that has formed in the soft tissue of the penile shaft. The problem is more often diagnosed in men aged 40 to 70 but can occur in younger men, as well. At this time, it is also suspected that many cases of Peyronie’s disease go unreported.

The plaque accumulation that causes penile curvature differs from the plaque buildup that affects a person’s heart health. This plaque is not indicative of cancer or sexually transmitted disease. In the instance of Peyronie’s disease, plaque develops in the tunica albuginea, the thick, elastic membrane that facilitates erection.

While Peyronie’s disease is often diagnosed in older men, the initial cause of plaque or scar tissue formation may occur long before symptoms appear. Most research suggests that penile curvature originates with an injury to the penis. The penis does not have to be erect at the time of injury; many cases relate to physical trauma during sports.

How to Identify Peyronie’s Disease

A prominent curve in the erect penis may be a telltale sign of Peyronie’s disease, but there are other clues men shouldn’t ignore. These include:

  • A hard lump or area of thick tissue on the penile shaft
  • An hourglass penis shape
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pain during erection or sexual intercourse
  • Loss of penile length or girth

Treating Peyronie’s Disease

If symptoms of Peyronie’s disease occur, a consultation and examination with a board-certified urologist should be scheduled. The sooner that an accurate diagnosis is made, the better a patient may respond to non-surgical treatments. One method of treating this condition is to anesthetize the penis and then inject the area where plaque has formed with a pharmaceutical drug that dissolves accumulation. In more severe cases, a prosthesis or surgical procedure may be recommended.

Peyronie’s disease is not something to tackle on your own. For more information on treatment options, call our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.

How Diabetes can Affect Urinary Health

Posted in Bladder Control, Overactive Bladder | November 30, 2018

Bladder Control Treatments Plano, TXDiabetes is the common health condition in which a person has too much sugar in their blood. In some, blood sugar levels may rise and fall dramatically throughout the day, creating frustrating symptoms. In many cases of diabetes, doctors note coinciding problems with urinary health. Degraded bladder control and a tendency toward infection can affect daily living and overall quality of life. Here, we discuss some of the ways that diabetes can affect urinary health and what might be done to manage these problems.

Common Diabetes-Related Urinary Problems

Overactive Bladder

An overactive bladder may lead to a sudden and strong urge to urinate. This urge stems from contractions or spasms within the bladder. People with overactive bladder may have to urinate as often as every hour throughout the day and at least a few times at night. It is also possible that urinary incontinence and leakage may coincide with other symptoms of overactive bladder. This condition may improve with Kegel exercises and bladder training or may need medical therapy such as prescription medication or electrical stimulation.

Urine Retention

Urine retention is characterized by an inability to fully empty the bladder during urination. When urine remains in the bladder, the risk of a bladder infection, kidney infection and damage, and urine leakage develops. Bladder training, medication, lower abdominal massage to assist bladder emptying, and Kegel exercises may help offset urine retention. In some cases, urine may need to be drained with a catheter. A urologist may also suggest installing a urethral stent to support appropriate bladder drainage.

Frequent Urination

Diabetics may need to urinate much more frequently compared to individuals with normal blood sugar levels. The fact that diabetes can also cause dry mouth and a need to drink water often throughout the day doesn’t help. Furthermore, diabetes naturally increases thirst. This begins in the kidneys, which increase function to filter excess sugar from the blood. With too much sugar to remove via kidney function alone, the brain draws water from bodily tissues to dilute the blood and circulate sugar into the urine. Depleted hydration from tissues creates thirst and, naturally drinking more, a person will have a greater need to urinate.  While staying hydrated is vital to maintaining kidney health, the best way to decrease frequent urination is to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Patients with diabetes have a need for collaboration among their healthcare providers. Our experienced team can provide personal care to improve and support ongoing urologic health. To schedule a visit at Collin County Urology, call (972) 403-5425.

Diabetes as a Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction

Posted in Erectile Dysfunction | November 15, 2018

Erectile Dysfunction Plano, TXNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time of year when healthcare professionals seek to increase patient awareness about this chronic and prevalent health condition. According to statistics from 2017, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that another 8 million have diabetes that has not yet been diagnosed, and millions more have pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is the medical condition in which there is consistently too much glucose, or sugar, in the blood. The chronic elevation in blood glucose affects every part of the body, from the skin to the eyes to the reproductive system. In men, there is a possibility that diabetes could be a contributing factor for erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction may be classified as the condition in which a man cannot obtain an erection or, if he can become erect, cannot stay that way throughout sexual intercourse. The link between diabetes and erectile dysfunction lies in the blood vessels. In order for the penis to become erect, nerves from the penis stimulate the brain to circulate more blood into the area. It is the filled blood vessels that make the penis rigid. If diabetes compromises nerve stimulation and transmission or the strength of blood vessels, erectile dysfunction may occur. In fact, some men experience erectile dysfunction first, before being diagnosed with diabetes.

Preserving Sexual Function with Diabetes

Erectile dysfunction is not a small matter. Clearly, the ability to get an erection could indicate an underlying health issue. For this reason, any man who is consistently affected by abnormal erections should consult with a urologist to explore reasons for erectile dysfunction as well as treatment options.

There are several approaches that may be taken to preserve sexual function. These include prescription medications formulated to increase blood flow to the penis and hormone therapy. If medication does not improve sexual performance, penile injections or implant may be discussed. Lifestyle modifications are also a valuable approach to sexual function and general health and wellness.

The team at Collin County Urology offers personal care in a friendly and professional environment. Contact our Plano office at (972) 403-5425 to schedule a consultation to discuss erectile dysfunction.

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