bladdercancer1 – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beware! 6 Major Health Problems Men are Prone to https://htv.com.pk/mens-health/men-health-fears https://htv.com.pk/mens-health/men-health-fears#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:39:41 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=39789

Men in our society are considered breadwinners, which is why they have to be really strong. It is normal for every household to consider men of the house the ‘Superman’, but at the end of the day, he can also feel weak and under the weather. There are several problems that men face in terms […]

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Men in our society are considered breadwinners, which is why they have to be really strong. It is normal for every household to consider men of the house the ‘Superman’, but at the end of the day, he can also feel weak and under the weather. There are several problems that men face in terms of their health, which if not addressed can get really problematic in the future. As they grow older, health risks also increase simultaneously.

According to research, men tend to be really worried about heart problems and impotence once they hit 50. Those in their 60s feel that they are at risk of prostate and dementia. Men whose father or brothers have suffered from such diseases tend to be more apprehensive and take precautionary measures to stay safe.

How Should Men Cope With These Six Worst Health Fears 1

Following are some male problems and ways to manage them:

1.   Heart Problems

If there is a history of heart diseases in your family and the level of your blood pressure and cholesterol remains high, then your doctor will prescribe medicines to normalize your blood pressure and cholesterol. If the doctor feels that you are at risk for heart diseases, then they will also prescribe certain tests to treat your condition properly. To receive proper treatment, seek your doctor’s advice, ask them about the right medicines, and follow their advice.

2.   Diabetes

1 in 4 people in Pakistan is diabetic or pre-diabetic.

Diabetes is the root cause of several other health conditions like eye diseases, heart issues, paralysis, and kidney failure. It also damages various organs in the body. If you are in the early stages of diabetes, then a balanced and healthy diet, as well as staying active can save you from the dangers of this disease. Along with maintaining weight and controlling blood pressure, it is important for you to stop smoking as well. This increasing ratio of diabetes is greatly affecting the Pakistani population, so men should be aware of it.

3.   Paralysis

In order to prevent paralysis, it is important to have complete information about its early symptoms. Numbness of hands, feet, and face, problems in understanding speech, weakness of eyes, headache, difficulty in walking, and weakness and lack of calmness are also symptoms of paralysis. If you are experiencing these symptoms, immediately check with your doctor, and start treatment and medications.

4.   Weight Management

Metabolism slows down with age, which is why it is important to consume a healthy and balanced diet. It is very important to consider the quantity and time of consuming food. Instead of having it in large quantities at once, break down your diet into five to six small meals. To ensure flexibility and functionality of your body, exercise regularly. Keep your waistline in check as you grow older. With a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and healthy weight gain, it is possible to evade diabetes and joint pain.

5.   Prostate Cancer

An abnormal increase of cells in a male’s prostate gland causes prostate cancer. This gland is located right under the urinary bladder. Prostate cancer is really common, but early diagnosis and treatment can prevent it from spreading in other body parts.

If a man’s father or brother has had prostate cancer, then he should consider getting screened to avoid the possibility of suffering from the disease. Doctors usually advise on getting a particular blood test, PST, done to diagnose the disease. Most men who suffer from this disease are aged over 60 and 65 years. In order to find out more about the benefits and risks of screening, consult your doctor.

6.   Low Testosterone Levels and Impotence

This is a very common problem among men, especially with those who have diabetes or their prostate gland removed.

The risk of cardiac diseases and paralysis increases 1.6 times for men who are prone to impotence, which is why it is important to consult a doctor before getting treated for impotence.

According to doctors, men are more apprehensive about their testosterone levels. If you are suffering from symptoms of low testosterone levels, then you should get your testosterone blood test done with your doctor’s consultation.

In terms of your health, if you’re physically and socially active, then you can reduce the risk of obesity, heart attack, paralysis, and dementia. Remember, what is good for your heart is also good for your mental health. Regular check-up and screening is vital for your health and physical strength.


Reviewed by Dr. Nida


Doctor’s note:

Men should be aware of the diseases running in the family, especially heart and cholesterol problems. If their father, cousin or sibling had died due to a heart attack before 55 or mother before 60, then it’s imperative for them to get familiar with heart and cholesterol problems.

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The Paradox of Prostate Cancer – Health Risks, Symptoms, and Treatment https://htv.com.pk/mens-health/prostate-cancer-3 https://htv.com.pk/mens-health/prostate-cancer-3#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:52:10 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=39643

I once heard an oncologist say, “If I had to choose cancer for myself — it would be prostate cancer!” Despite being a common cancer in the male population, only 10% of patients actually die from the disease. …such is the paradox of prostate cancer. The Anatomy To understand the natural course of this condition, […]

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I once heard an oncologist say, “If I had to choose cancer for myself — it would be prostate cancer!”

Despite being a common cancer in the male population, only 10% of patients actually die from the disease. …such is the paradox of prostate cancer.

The Anatomy

To understand the natural course of this condition, it is important first to understand the anatomy of this structure.

The prostate gland is the main part of the male reproductive system. It secretes fluids that make up semen. It is located below the urinary bladder and behind the rectum, surrounding the urethra (urinary duct) through which urine and semen pass.

Therefore, an enlarged prostate will obstruct the urinary flow and the patient will suffer from urinary symptoms like a slow urine stream, increased the urge to urinate or dribbling of urine. Inability to maintain an erection is also a common complaint in such patients.

The Paradox of Prostate Cancer 1The normal prostate is the size of a walnut but it grows with age.  It is a common saying that if you have seen a man with gray hair, then you have seen a man with an enlarged prostate. But it is also important to remember that not all enlarged prostates are cancerous and a much larger population of males develop BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia which is a simple condition that can easily be treated by surgical removal.

Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 40 years but the risk increases rapidly after the age of 50 and 60% of prostate cancer cases occur in men above the age of 65.

The Bad News

  • Prostate cancer does not have any controllable risk factors.
  • This cancer tends to run in the family and the risk is doubled if a person’s brother or father had the disease.
  • Prostate cancer symptoms may appear after the disease has spread. For example, the first complaint a patient may have is back pain after cancer has spread to the bones. Some patients experience neurological pain or weakness in the lower limbs because the large mass puts pressure on the spinal cord.

The Good News

  • Prostate cancer grows so slowly that it often goes undiagnosed for years.
  • Early detection is possible as there are two simple screening methods for this disease. The first is through a blood test for PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) and the other is through DRE (Digital Rectal Examination) in which the physician feels the prostate gland by inserting a finger into the patient’s rectum.
  • Both of these methods are not 100% diagnostic for prostate cancer and a tissue biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis.
  • The 5-year survival percentage in the US is 99%.

Treatment

The treatment is different for every stage of the cancer, which indicates how much and how far it has extended within the body. Some patients may be treated with surgical removal but others may require a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and even hormonal therapy.

In this paradox of good news and bad news, timing is crucial. Therefore, symptoms of prostate cancer should be investigated timely and diagnosis should be confirmed immediately; as early diagnosis is the key to better response and higher survival rates.

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Sources:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html

 

 

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10 Signs of Ovarian Cancer You Need To Know https://htv.com.pk/womens-health/ovarian-cancer-2 https://htv.com.pk/womens-health/ovarian-cancer-2#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:02:30 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38526

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Cancer has been spreading like a wildfire in the last few years. From breast to lungs, stomach to the liver, ovaries to scrotum cancer, the variety is shockingly unbelievable. And this is the reason why you need to be cautious and on your guard at all times. Particularly if cancer already runs in your family.

10 Signs of Ovarian Cancer You Need To Know1

Ovarian cancer is one such disease that is becoming increasingly rampant. More and more women are getting diagnosed with ovarian cancer all over the world. Known as a ‘silent killer,’ ovarian cancer is mostly detected by the time it is too late. Hence, the reason why you should be on the alert at all times.

10 Signs of Ovarian Cancer You Need To Know2

Below are 10 signs and symptoms that something may not be well with your ovaries and you need to see a doctor ASAP:

1.      Abdominal Pain

One of the first signs of ovarian cancer is a pain in the abdominal region. The pain is mostly like menstrual cramps and can last longer than 2 weeks. It has nothing to do with abdominal issues or menstrual discrepancy.

2.      Difficulty Eating

Having a hard time eating like you used to before? Do you feel full all the time or way too quickly? This happens when the tumor gets so big it is sitting on the stomach, killing hunger feelings. This is why you are not hungry or feel full so soon.

3.      Urinary Issues

This is another common sign of ovarian cancer. People experience urgency and frequency in their urine habits. The feelings of not having control over pee get worse as cancer progresses and becomes more life-threatening.

4.      Indigestion and Heartburn

Is indigestion or heartburn becoming very frequent? Nausea, gas, and other gastric issues are pretty rampant when the patient is suffering from ovarian problems or ovarian cancer.

5.      Constipation or Diarrhea

Strange bowel movements are also a symptom of ovarian cancer. You could have fluctuations between diarrhea and constipation, with feelings of pressure on the stomach, bladder, and bowel.

6.      Bloating

Bloating over the belly, pelvis or waist is frequent when a person has ovarian cancer. If the bloating gets to the point where your clothes become tight without any change in your diet or lifestyle, you need to see a doctor immediately.

7.      Lower Back Pain

If you have been having persistent pain in your lower back that feels like labor pain, then it could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

8.      Sudden Weight Loss

Have you lost weight suddenly without any apparent change in diet or lifestyle routine? Unexplained weight loss is a sure sign of some cancer.

9.      Changes in Menstrual Cycle

Many patients experience either irregularity of periods or heavy bleeding when they develop ovarian cancer. This too is a clear sign.

10.    Painful Intercourse

Even though not very common, patients with ovarian cancer complain of experiencing pain when they have intercourse. This can be because of the size of the tumor or because insertion becomes painful.

To conclude, one or two of these symptoms are not problematic. But if you encounter multiple problems simultaneously, contact a doctor immediately and get a complete checkup.


Reviewed by Dr. Nida


Doctor’s note:
Ovarian cancer is the 9th leading cause of cancer and 5th leading cause of death in women. Females who are more at risk of ovarian cancer are the ones:

  • Who have a history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer in the family
  • Between 50 to 60 years
  • Who have never given birth to child are also more at risk

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References:

  • http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/women/10-warning-signs-of-ovarian-cancer/9/
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/ovarian-cancer-early-signs#symptoms
  • http://www.integrativecanceranswers.com/ten-warning-signs-of-ovarian-cancer-the-silent-killer/
  • http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/09/07/13-ovarian-cancer-warning-signs-should-never-ignore.html

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10 Home Remedies for Hormonal Imbalance https://htv.com.pk/health/10-home-remedies-hormonal-imbalance Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:49:00 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29289

One of the rising problems females of all age groups seem to be facing are ‘hormonal imbalance.’ From irregular menstrual cycle to rapid mood swings, acne on the face to shedding hair and extra weight, these are only few of the problems you go through when your hormones are not produced in the right quantity […]

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One of the rising problems females of all age groups seem to be facing are ‘hormonal imbalance.’ From irregular menstrual cycle to rapid mood swings, acne on the face to shedding hair and extra weight, these are only few of the problems you go through when your hormones are not produced in the right quantity within your body.

There are other major problems that can arise due to imbalanced hormones. Diabetes, cancer, heart issues and obesity are just some problems that are at the top of the list. If the situation gets too drastic, there are chances of losing fertility and the ability to have a baby.

Here are some easy to understand answers for you.

Hormonal Imbalance – The ‘What’ and the ‘Why’

According to stats, about 10-12% of women all over the world suffer from PCOS, a kind of hormonal imbalance.

10 Home Remedies for Hormonal Imbalance

The ration continues to rise with each passing year. Problem is diet, lifestyle and genes.

Below are 10 home remedies that will help you balance hormones naturally.

10 Home Remedies for Hormonal Imbalance1. Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 acids are essential for your hormonal health and fertility. Fish, eggs and nuts are rich in omega-3 acids but if you are still short, add the supplements in your diet.

2. Adaptogen Herbs

These are the herbs that help your body to adapt to your physical needs and keep your hormones balanced. These herbs include chaste berry, red raspberry leaf, vitex etc. They are available in capsule form too.

3. Natural and Organic Diet

Opt for all natural and organic diet. The more processed food items and hormone treated foods you eat, the more your chances of hormonal imbalance.

4. Caffeine Creates Toxicity

Surprised? It’s true. The more coffee and heavily caffeinated drinks you have, the more hormonal fluctuations you will face. Too much caffeine can wreak havoc with your body.

5. Fruits and Vegetables

Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. They contain minerals and vitamins that help regulate hormones and clean up the internal systems.

6. Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is also becoming rampant. Get your levels checked and take supplements if you can’t have proper sunlight.

7. Fenugreek

From a very early time, fenugreek seeds (meethi dana) are believed to be magical. They are considered the perfect natural hormone replacement therapy and have been used as such by women. Just make tea out of a teaspoon of the seeds and drink it twice or thrice a day.

8. Coconut Oil

According to experts, coconut oil is ideal not only for weight control but also for lowering cholesterol. If you have thyroid issues, coconut oil can help with thyroid management as well. All you need to do is either cook your food in extra virgin coconut oil or take a tablespoon of it daily.

9. Birth Control Pills

Do you know that birth control pills can increase your estrogen level very high?

This is perhaps one of the worst things that you can take when you already have hormonal imbalance. Stop using them. Try other birth control methods and talk to your doctor about how to manage.

10. Active Lifestyle

This is a must! If you lead an inactive lifestyle, join a gym or some exercise group. The more you work out, the more your body will remain fit and the hormones balance.

Try the above 10 home remedies and see the difference within a few short weeks.

 

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7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Kidney and Bladder Function https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/7-foods-to-eat-for-a-healthy-kidney-and-bladder-function Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:56:05 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=8427 7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Kidney and Bladder Function - HTV

What should you eat for a healthy functioning kidney and bladder? Read on here.

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7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Kidney and Bladder Function - HTV

The kidneys are important organs of the human body. They clean your blood, take care of your blood pressure by producing hormones, and excrete the harmful substances from your body. Your kidneys cleanse nearly 200 quarts of blood every day to produce urine. These reasons are pretty much enough to convince a person to take good care of their kidneys.

When the kidneys do their job, a process known as ‘oxidation’ takes place. This process is normal. However, it can cause the formation of harmful substances called ‘free radicals’.  Free radicals are unsteady atoms that skip uncontrollably around inside your body, harming proteins, genes and cells. These free radicals are identified with ageing and numerous diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

The key is to keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water to keep your kidneys functioning. However there are other steps to take in order to regulate your kidney function.

The good news is that there are foods gifted to us by nature that can help with regulating the kidney function. These foods readily available at the market and often found in your pantry so make good use of them and keep yourself and your family healthy.

Cabbage

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that is loaded with phytochemicals, which are compounds found in specific fruits and vegetables. These phytochemicals function to break free radicals. They are also anti-cancer and regulate cardiovascular health.

Cabbage is high in Vitamin K and C which are important for bone growth. Vitamin C boosts immunity and helps fight bacterial infections.

You can add cabbage in your diet in the form of delicious coleslaw. Add it in your daily dose of salad, and make it a part of your sandwiches and soup.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits contain anti inflammatory properties and prevent scar tissue formation, according to a study in the April 2011 issue of the journal “PLoS One.” Citrus fruits are particularly high in pectin, which contains compounds that have been shown to provide diverse health benefits for the kidneys. As per the experiments carried out on animals, drinking water with citrus pectin protected the animals from kidney injury. Hence proved citrus pectin when used for a long term treatment can be useful nutrient to prevent kidney injury.

Replace your soft drinks with lemonade ASAP. Instead of buying boxed juices take out fresh orange juice or make lemonade at home. Grab a grape fruit and have some while watching TV. Make it a part of your daily routine to have some healthy citrus.

Alkaline foods

Although citrus and acidic foods are beneficial for your kidneys, they are not too great for your bladder. You need to keep an acid-base balance in your body to have healthy organs. The foods that are good for your bladder are asparagus, avocado, broccoli, leafy greens like spinach, mathi and squash. Snack on almonds and use spices such as basil, garlic, oregano (ajwain) and thyme.

Garlic

Pakistanis are blessed with natural love for garlic. We add garlic in all our foods, whether it’s a cooked biryani or an uncooked chatni/sauce. Garlic has amazing antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.

Diuretic Foods

Chemicals which essentially cause the formation of urine by the kidney are called ‘Diuretics.’ All foods that are diuretic cause a person to ‘lose water,’ which in some instances is a good thing. “This loss of water increases the amount of urine, and hence helps cleanse the bladder and urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the bladder)”, says Phyllis Balch, author of the book “Prescription for Natural Healing.”

Diuretic foods include watermelon, fennel seeds (saunf), oregano (ajwain), celery, eggplant (baingan). They are kidney and bladder cleansing foods.

Apples

Who doesn’t love the good old apple? They are high in fiber, which helps prevent or minimize constipation. Apples have properties to reduce inflammation, reduce cholesterol, protect against heart disease, and also kill those pesky free radicals.

Apples are a good source of Iron and many vitamins. For those with renal conditions, eat them raw or cooked. You can even drink apple juice or apple cider to get their health benefits. Apple cider vinegar should be your staple. It has numerous benefits. Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider in a glass or water, and drink it every day before breakfast.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a blessing to mankind. It contains components such as: oleic acid. Oleic acid is anti inflammatory fatty acid with anti-oxidation properties, and polyphenols that’s also prevent oxidation and inflammation. Use extra virgin olive oil for more antioxidants.

With all these foods on the list you could make yourself a big bowl of salad with good olive oil and citrus dressing and eat away your kidney problems. It isn’t so hard. Add these foods to your checklist for healthy kidney and bladder function Prevention is always better than cure, make these healthy foods a part of your daily lives.

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