The prevalence of obesity among American men has doubled in only 25 years,
and it’s killing us. A 2004 survey published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association found that 71% of men 20 years old and over were
overweight and 31% were obese. The same survey conducted in the late 1970s had
found 47% of men were overweight and 15% were obese.
Science is searching for the causes of obesity and exploring the role of
genes, the diets of pregnant women, and the feeding habits of babies....
Some men may require intermittent
self-catheterization. During this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the
bladder, usually 3 to 4 times a day.
Other treatment choices
Catheterization may be used to treat
severe incontinence that cannot be managed with medicines or surgery. Catheters
do not cure incontinence but rather allow you or a caregiver to manage
Continence products such as
absorbent pads or diapers, incontinence clamps, or
pressure cuffs may be used to manage any form of incontinence. Some of these
products absorb leaked urine and some put pressure on the urethra to help
prevent urine from leaking.
What to think about
Men often use absorbent products,
such as pads or diapers, when other methods of treating incontinence have
failed or cannot be used. Some men may prefer to use absorbent products rather
than taking medicines or having surgery. They may also use absorbent products
after surgery for prostate cancer, while they are waiting to see if their
incontinence goes away. This method does not treat the incontinence but instead manages
the problem. In general, absorbent products should only be used along
with a more specific treatment, because use of absorbent products can hide a
more serious condition that may be curable.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 08, 2010
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