Dr. Dean Elterman MD, MSc, FRCSC Urologist discusses Contino®, a new technology to deal with Male incontinence
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If you have a health condition such as a urinary tract infection (STI), erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, Peyronie’s disease or kidney stones, you may work with a local urologist. Your local urologist is a doctor who is educated and trained in treating disorders of the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of the ureters (the duct that passes urine from the kidney to the bladder), kidneys and bladder. A local urologist may also treat health conditions that affect the male reproductive system.
Because what we eat affects our overall physical and mental health, there are foods you can eat for optimal urinary health. For example, drinking plenty of water can help prevent kidney stones. Increasing zinc and selenium in the diet may improve male reproductive health. Overall, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and carbohydrates and low in saturated fats and sodium is beneficial to your health. It’s also important to understand the glycemic index if you have a disease such as diabetes. addition to working with a local urologist, you may also benefit from working with a local registered dietitian, who can help ensure your diet is optimal for your urinary health.
Male incontinence is a common problem for men. Whether it’s caused by diabetes or an overactive bladder, many men seek out a local urologist for symptoms of male incontinence, which can including having to pee more often and pressure in the lower abdomen. A local urologist can ask about your medical history and symptoms to make a diagnosis and/or recommend treatment, which may include a male incontinence product such as Contino®. Inspired by a prostate cancer survivor, Contino is a medical device that a man temporarily inserts into the urethra to control bladder leakage. Contino is a discreet male incontinence product that fits in a container about the size of an eyeglass case. A man with urinary incontinence can then empty the Contino product whenever it's convenient for him, preventing bladder leakage. Some men find that incontinence pads or underwear help them regain confidence and control leaks and odor.
Talking to your local family physician is a great way to get more information about working with a local urologist and finding the right incontinence pads, underwear or product such as Contino® for incontinence in men. Active surveillance means we're watching you but we're watching you in an active way so you're getting a lot of blood testing, regular chekups and repeat biopsies to make sure that the cancer doesn't change and become more aggressive.
ADT, or androgen deprivation therapy, has a favorable safety profile and is an effective treatment for prostate cancer that has been used for decades, however, like many medications, it can be associated with some side effects. It’s helpful to be aware that mood changes and feeling down can be part of these potential side effects. You may have recently been told that you have prostate cancer or that your prostate cancer has come back. Chances are you are going through some emotional and psychological strain. It’s important to understand that mood changes aren’t side effects that will occur, but rather side effects that may occur. In this video, I will go through the symptoms you may feel and then provide you with strategies to counter them.
To begin, when on ADT you may feel down and as if you have less energy, less interests, and less drive to do your normal activities. This, however, is usually caused by a number of factors. Receiving a diagnosis of new, or recurring prostate cancer can be overwhelming. You will be attending doctor’s visits to talk about treatments as well as their side effects. You will also be given a list of medical appointments and tests. On top of this, you may be receiving ADT treatments that bring down your testosterone levels. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all of this new information. The good news is, there are many tools to help you address these feelings