November is Bladder Health Awareness Month and the AMP Urology physicians at Rome Medical Practice Urology want to raise awareness of bladder conditions and encourage everyone to talk to their doctor about any symptoms they are experiencing.
“Many times people are embarrassed to talk about their bladder health symptoms,” explained Urologist Brent E. Carlyle. “By having a matter-of-fact discussion with your doctor, you can learn ways to control or correct symptoms, sometimes through simple lifestyle changes, diet or exercise.”
Some bladder conditions are common and can make it harder to perform daily activities at work and at home in addition to causing people to avoid social settings.
Common bladder problems include:
Urinary tract infections (UTIs): A urinary tract infection is the second most common type of infection in the body. Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS): Caused by problems with the bladder, urethra or pelvic floor muscles, symptoms include trouble urinating, loss of bladder control, leaking urine and the frequent need to urinate. Bladder cancer: Bladder cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder.
“Blood in the urine is sometimes a sign of an underlying medical disorder,” Dr. Carlyle said. “Kidney stones, urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder cancer are possible causes of blood in the urine.”
“For men and women both, there are medications, small office-based procedures and various surgical corrections for urinary incontinence,” he said. “In addition, dropped bladder, also known as cystocele or pelvic organ prolapse, is also correctable.”
Women that have had several pregnancies often develop bladder prolapse.
How can you help control your bladder health? The following facts will help you take an active role in maintaining a healthy bladder:
Constipation: When too much stool is built up in the colon, it can put pressure on the bladder and keep it from expanding the way it should. Diabetes: By managing diabetes, you can help prevent damage of the nerves around the bladder that help with control. Overweight: Being overweight puts people at risk for leaking urine. Physical Activity: When people are active, they help prevent bladder problems and constipation and maintain a healthy weight. Smoking: Bladder problems are more common among smokers and smoking can increase the risk of bladder cancer. Diet: People with bladder problems find that they feel better when they avoid sodas, artificial sweeteners, spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices and tomato-based foods.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlyle, or any of the urologists at AMP Urology at Rome Medical Practice, call 315-356-7390.
The office is located in the Griffiss Professional Complex at 267 Hill Road, Suite 300, accessed by turning on Avery Road next to AmeriCU Federal Credit Union.