Archive for the ‘Urology’ Category

Vegetarian diet and kidney stones

August 10, 2008

A diet low in animal protein lowers the risk of kidney stone formation according to a nationwide UK study. Vegetarians had a 40 to 60 percent lower rate of kidney stones than meat eaters. (European Neurology 8:334-339, 1982)
Copyright 1982 Phylis Austin


Smoking, phenacetin, cancer of the ureter, cancer of renal pelvis

July 11, 2008

Smoking increases the risk of cancer of the ureter, and pain medications containing phenacetin increase the risk of cancer of the renal pelvis, according to a study published in the Journal of Urology. (Journal of Urology 130(1)28-30, 1983) Copyright 1985 Phylis Austin

Bedwetting, childhood incontinence, Kegal exercises

July 4, 2008

Children who have problems with daytime or nighttime wetting may benefit from the Kegal exercises taught to women suffering from urinary stress incontinence. Children in the study group were instructed to do 10 Kegal exercises three times a day. (Journal of Pediatrics 124:91-92, 1994) Copyright 1994 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

Head down tilt and diuresis

July 4, 2007

Patients who have decreased renal function, edema or ascites may benefit from lying in a ten degree head-down tilted position. Studies carried out in India revealed that this position increased fluid excretion and served as a natural diuretic. (The Lancet 2:525-528, September 5, 1987)

Copyright 1998 Phylis A Austin