Archive for the ‘Men’s Health’ Category

BPH, benign prostate disease, hyperthermia

July 30, 2009

Researchers at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles are studying the use of heat in the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy. Similar research has been carried on in Israel for about six years with favorable results. A specially designed instrument is inserted for one hour at a time, twice a week for five weeks. The treatment is not painful; men remain awake during the procedure, but some some develop irritation of the urethra. Results thus far have been encouraging. Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana, plans to begin a similar treatment program. (Medical World News 28(23)20,21, December 14, 1987) Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin


BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia, hyperthermia

July 30, 2009

Enlargement of the prostate gland is a common problem as men age. A study from Spain revealed that local hyperthermia to the prostate improved symptoms in 76 of 100 patients. Six or more one-hour-long treatments were found to be the most effective. (European Urology 20:9-11, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Prostatitis, abacterial, hyperthermia

July 30, 2009

Local hyperthermia to the prostate may be helpful in the relief of abacterial prostatitis according to a study from the Institute of Urology at Tel Aviv University, Israel. The patients in this study had failed to respond to other treatments over a course of several years. Twenty-five percent had complete loss of their symptoms, fifty percent had partial response, with improvement in symptoms, while the remaining twenty-five percent did not benefit. (British Journal of Urology 67:308-311, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Diapers and scrotal temperature

July 1, 2008

Sperm quality has decreased in recent years, and the cause is still uncertain. Scrotal temperatures were measured while infants were wearing cotton diapers and compared with temperatures while infants were wearing plastic lined diapers. Both scrotal and testicular temperatures were increased approximately one degree C. while wearing the plastic lined diapers.

The researchers caution that we do not know whether this could be responsible for the poorer sperm quality. (Exp Clin Endocrin Diabetes 107(Suppl 1)S10-S11, 1999)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

Urological cancers, obesity, diet

July 1, 2008

Obesity has been associated with a number of cancers, including prostate cancer. The role of dietary fat is still being clarified, but animal fat appears to be a more important risk than vegetable fats.

Men on high fat diets are known to be at increased risk of renal carcinoma. Fried meats appear to be a particular risk factor. A high protein intake may contribute to other renal diseases, which may, in turn, predispose to renal cell carcinoma. Both chlorination by-products and dietary fat appear to increase the risk of bladder cancer.

Fruits and vegetables, particularly lycopene from tomatoes, and isoflavonoids such as genistein from soybeans, reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Renal cancer risk appears to be increased by obesity, high intake of protein and fried foods, recurrent urinary tract infections and being female. (BJU International 84(3)225-234, August 1999)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

Diet and prostate cancer

June 30, 2008

A study from Japan demonstrates a relationship between the use of sugar, milk, meat, fats and oils and death from prostate cancer. (Japanese Journal of Cancer 10(8)831-836, 1994)

Copyright 1996 Phylis A Austin

Diet and testicular cancer

July 4, 2007

A diet high in dairy products (particularly cheese), luncheon meats, and baked goods increases the risk of testicular cancer according to a report from the Canadian Cancer Registries Epidemiology Research group.

Earlier studies have demonstrated a relationship between milk, meat, cheese and fat intake and testicular cancer. Other known risk factors include cryptorchidism and estrogen exposure in utero.

The authors comment that baked goods often contain milk or milk products, eggs and sugar, which may contribute to the risk.

While testicular cancer is relatively rare the incidence is increasing.

(International Journal of Cancer 106:934-941, 2003)

Copyright 2003 Phylis A Austin