Men's Health and Urological Conditions for which Mark Feneley can offer advice and treatment are provided. They include urological cancer screening, sexual function (including erectile dysfunction, loss of libido), symptoms of testosterone deficiency, prostate and bladder function, all of which can induce changes in quality of life with age.
Many men wish to assure better health through attention to lifestyle, exercise and diet, particularly when significant medical concerns have been excluded. It is not well recognized that these factors play a significant role in urological as well as cardiovascular and general health. Appropriate nutritional and vitamin supplements can sometimes also be beneficial. Often, advice on these matters can avert the need for medical intervention, including medications and even surgery.
Men (and their families) sometimes become very concerned about the possibility of prostate cancer. Screening is promoted through the media and can be requested through a General Practitioner, but it is not offered formally through the NHS. As a result, many men are uncertain about the risks and benefits of screening, and how this might apply to their individual circumstances. The wrong decision can lead to a great deal of avoidable anxiety, and sometimes invasive medical investigations before the implications are fully understood.
Problems and difficulties passing water can adversely (and unnecessarily) affect men’s quality of life as they get older, and can indirectly also impact their partner. The symptoms can be measured by completing a questionnaire. It is usually straightforward but important to assess or rule out serious disease and complications. Then advice can be offered to improve both symptoms and life quality.
Quality of life in men can also be adversely affected by other general symptoms that initially may not raise undue concern but can become detrimental in the longer term. Such symptoms include erectile dysfunction and loss of libido, loss of vigour, drive, and mood changes, as well as other physical symptoms that include sweating, aches and pains, dry skin and difficulty sleeping. They can affect work performance, family relationships and personal quality of life.
Often symptoms affecting quality of life are attributed to work stress, relationship difficulties, travel or even aging. However, they can also be due to declining testosterone levels, so called Testosterone-Deficiency Syndrome. The symptoms can be assessed by questionnaire. Certain symptoms may be more troublesome than others, and some can be absent. The variability in symptoms relates to different degrees and duration of deficiency. Regardless, the many symptoms of testosterone deficiency respond well to testosterone treatment. Untreated in the longer term, testosterone deficiency may increase the risk of osteoporosis, metabolic, cardiovascular and neurological disease. Before treatment can be recommended, general medical and urological conditions must be fully assessed, potential contraindications ruled out, and while on treatment monitoring will be necessary.
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