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When it comes to health and wellness, there is one particular stereotype that men seem to face more than women. It is the reluctance to make an appointment with a primary care provider when a health problem arises. There may be an even higher level of hesitation or avoidance when the problem involves personal areas of your body.
Although it may seem uncomfortable to contact a doctor about these particular issues, it is essential to do so because some symptoms may imply that something more serious is happening.
What is urology?
Urology is a branch of medicine that involves the urinary system and the male reproductive organs. There is a wide range of conditions that fall under urologic care for men, ranging from prostate disease and certain cancers to kidney stones and urinary tract infections to incontinence and sexual health. Whichever end of the spectrum the problem belongs to, it can greatly affect your daily life.
When to see a urologist
Men often avoid needing help with a problem, but recognizing the symptoms and taking action is essential. As our body ages, our chances of encountering certain urological problems increase. Most of these issues are easily treated, but further investigation by a specialist may be required.
Urology-related health issues are usually discussed at an appointment with your primary care physician before a visit to a urologist is suggested. If you have a less serious condition (a urinary tract infection, for example), you may not need a referral.
However, if you experience pain in your abdomen, sides, genitals, or back when urinating, have erection problems, or have blood in your urine, you may need to be seen. a specialist.
If and when an appointment with a urologist becomes necessary, you can expect a physical exam which may include checking for lumps or tenderness, testing for weakened pelvic wall muscles between the scrotum and intestines, and a prostate exam.
Urological Health Tips
Let’s face it: we all want to avoid perceived sensitive issues that involve our personal health. When it comes to our urological health, taking a few basic steps toward a healthier lifestyle can help reduce your risk of preventable problems.
• Hydrate: Water and hydration are essential to all aspects of our health, especially our urinary tract. Drinking the right amount of water will not only help you stay hydrated, but will also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. If you divide your body weight by two, it will reveal how many ounces of water you should be drinking per day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you will need to drink about 100 ounces. some water.
• Nutritious diet: In addition to eating a diet rich in nutritious foods, there are certain foods and drinks to avoid to help reduce bladder irritation, such as spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. You should also avoid a high fat diet as it increases the likelihood of developing kidney stones or cancer.
• Lifestyle changes: Exercising, reducing stress, and quitting smoking are all ways to help lower and regulate your blood pressure. Along with several common health benefits, it may also help improve erectile dysfunction and other urinary tract issues.
Along with all of these healthy habits, it’s important to see your doctor regularly. Your scheduled appointments will help remind you of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, give you the opportunity to raise any concerns with your provider, and will also help keep your body in check to help you spot any anomaly that may have developed since your last visit.
Scott Niditch, MD, is with UPMC Urology in North Central Pennsylvania and sees patients at Susquehanna Health Urology, 2330 Saint Mary St. West, Lewisburg, and UPMC Wellsboro Urology, 103 West Ave., Suite 201, Wellsboro. To make an appointment with Dr. Niditch, call 570-724-3636. For more information, visit UPMC.com/UrologyNCPA.