Approximately 30 million American adults have kidney disease, but most don’t even know it. To help spread awareness, we’d like to share the following article, courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation. March 1 marks the beginning of National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about your kidney health and generate support for those affected by such conditions as kidney stones, kidney infections and kidney disease. It’s also a time when the Urology Care Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation, encourages the public to make direct, positive and healthy changes in their lives to keep their kidneys healthy and happy. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are about the size of a small fist and sit on each side of the spine, above the waist. Their primary job is to clean the blood and produce urine to rid the body of waste. They also help make red blood cells, maintain a balance of salt and other nutrients in your body, keep your bones healthy and help control your blood pressure. Your kidneys can become damaged with little to no warning. Kidney disease is known as the “silent epidemic” because if often shows no signs until it is more advanced. High blood pressure and diabetes are two leading causes of kidney disease. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history. Older adults, Hispanics, African-Americans and American Indians are at a higher risk for developing kidney disease. “Most people don’t realize how important the kidneys are to our well-being, which is why it’s important to look after them,” said Richard A. Memo, MD chair of the Urology Care Foundation. “If you are at risk for kidney disease, talk to your doctor about having your kidney function checked as this disease is one that can be prevented or slowed down if caught early.” A few simple ways to keep the kidney happy and healthy: Drinking plenty of water Not smoking Eating a healthy diet Keeping your weight in check Staying fit and active Monitoring and keeping regular control of your blood pressure and […]
Did you throw caution to the wind on Valentine’s Day? A tongue-in-cheek question to bring up a serious discussion about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); i.e. the infections you get from another person through sexual contact. There are more than 20 known types of STDs/STIs and, each year, over 20 million people in the United States are infected. They are spread through fluids in the body, during vaginal, oral or anal sex; however, some STDs can be transmitted through infected blood, such as among people sharing infected drug needles, or a mother may infect her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or while nursing. The good news is that most STDs can be treated and cured; but, in many cases, there are no symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, they can show up in a variety of ways… Men may experience the following symptoms: Burning or itching in the penis A drip (discharge) from the penis Pain around pelvis Sores, bumps or blisters on penis, anus, or mouth Burning and pain with urine or with bowel movements Having to go to the bathroom often Women may experience the following symptoms: Burning or itching in the vagina A discharge or odor from the vagina Pain around the pelvis Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal Pain deep inside during sex Sores, bumps or blisters in the vagina, anus, or mouth Burning and pain with urine or with bowel movements Having to go to the bathroom often The only way to avoid an STI/STD is to avoid sexual contact with an infected person. Other protections include: Always using a condom, and using it correctly, during sex Limiting sexual relations to only one, infection-free, long-term partner Limiting the number of sexual partners Using clean needles if you are injecting drugs If you have reason to believe you have an STI/STD, or think you may have been exposed to one, please call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment. Most STIs/STDs can be completely cured with antibiotics; however, some are incurable but can be controlled […]
Did your New Year’s resolutions include taking better care of your bladder? If not, you should reconsider; a well-functioning bladder is important for preventing painful ailments, such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Simple, daily habits can impact, for better or worse, the health of this vital organ. Here are a few simple resolutions you can set to take better care of your bladder… Drink Plenty of Water Drinking enough water helps minimize the risk of urinary tract infections. The flow of urine helps cleanse harmful bacteria from your system; whereas insufficient amounts of water in the urine can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. To ensure sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough every day, strive for a “total water” intake, from all beverages and foods you consume, of 91 ounces for adult women and 125 ounces for men. Lose Weight Pressure on the abdomen, from excessive weight, makes obese individuals more prone to incontinence. Obesity is also linked to an increased risk of urinary tract infections. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help you shed pounds and feel great. Quit Smoking Smoking’s dangerous effects on the heart and lungs are well known; but this harmful habit is also linked to bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer. In addition, it’s also associated with erectile dysfunction in men, possibly because it affects the vascular system and impedes the proper circulation of blood throughout the body. For more information, or if you have questions or concerns about your kidneys or kidney stones, call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609.924.6487 to schedule an appointment. The board certified physician/surgeons at the Urology Group are experts trained to evaluate your symptoms, perform applicable tests, and develop the proper treatment plan.