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DEANJR86 Posts: 122
5/30/11 3:21 P

It's true that there are so many fallacies when it comes to prostate health. I was lucky enough to shadow a urologist when I was working on getting into medical school. I learned quite a bit from him, and I benefit quite a bit from being on close terms with him.

I also feel like, for once, there is research emerging on prostate issues. We need more, though. Most of NIH's funding goes to AIDS. While that is a worthwhile goal, other health issues that aren't politically charged (like prostate health) suffer.

I will certainly be taking part in TLCOVERT1's plan, whether alone or not. Hahaha

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5/30/11 3:06 P

Yeah -- no doubt that TLCOVERT1 has a great plan. And while the participation of a spouse or other partner might be a pleasant aspect, I somehow guess the prostate is kind of unaware of why it's being asked to work so hard, so the benefit may not require involvement of others.... :)

Much of prostate lore is less than firmly scientifically based, which is why there is so much controversy among experts about what to monitor and what to do with the results.

Hope you've all enjoyed a great Memorial Day. Weather great in the DC area.

Doug

DEANJR86 Posts: 122
5/30/11 2:56 P

I am always looking for ways to keep my prostate risks low, and TLCOVERT1's idea sounds good to me. What other ways do you guys know?

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5/30/11 2:31 P

I'm 65 and no problems yet, and PSA is just over 1 and I get it checked frequently. I read an article about a study that was done that concluded if a man ejaculates 21 times a month or more, his chances of developing prostate cancer are cut in half. Can't convince my wife to contribute to my prostate health that much though!

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5/29/11 10:49 P

Thanks for the response, Dean. Sorry to hear about the chronic prosatitis issue. Actually, that was the start of my relationship with a urologist. One issue that may come up in association with prostatitis is an elevation in PSA. Is your doc tracking this? Another is a reduction in urine stream.

From my viewpoint, the important issue is for you to understand the significance of changes in PSA, and the significance of diagnostic and treatment strategies that your docs may propose.

My best wishes for your health!

Doug

DEANJR86 Posts: 122
5/29/11 8:09 P

I haven't had surgery, but I was diagnosed with chronic prostatitis when I was 21. Now, almost four years later, I still suffer from negative prostate issues. Even though I haven't had surgery, I know the pain that the gland can bring.

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5/27/11 11:07 P

Prostate surgery is an important event that can affect your life in many ways, including your ability to exercise and maintain a health lifesyle. I'm coping with the effects of my surgery and I think things are going pretty well. I think SparkPeople will be an important part of my full recovery. I invite folks who are contemplating prostate surgery, or who have had it to share experience and mutual support here.

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