Dr. David Samadi is the Chief of Robotic Surgery and Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital. As a urologic oncologist, he specializes in diagnosing, detecting and treating urologic disease, bladder cancer and prostate cancer. His mission is to bring awareness to diseases that affect both women and men. Every woman at some point in their life will go through menopause. Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive abilities. Menopause will treat all women differently and Dr. Samadi has answered the most asked questions.
It’s hard to expect what age you will go through menopause, but it is usually around the ages between 45-55. Having hot flashes is a common symptom of menopause. A hot flash feels like your body temperature has risen. Generally the feeling is felt from the waist up and your skin may turn red and blotchy. You may also experience heart palpitations, dizziness and severe sweating. Hot flashes can occur at random and last for a few months or a year. Dr. David Samadi has a few tips to help you deal with hot flashes:
* lose weight
* avoid caffeine, alcohol, stress and spicy food
* dress in light layers
* quit smoking
* use a fan at your home or office
Many wonder if menopause can increase the risk of heart disease. Since menopause can cause certain conditions related to the heart it is possible. Dr. David Samadi encourages you to eat a nutrient dense diet and exercise regularly. Changes in hormone levels during menopause can cause some women to gain weight. As long as you stay consistent with exercise and eating healthy foods, you should do well. Getting sufficient sleep is also important to keep your weight on track.
When it comes to men, sexual activity and sexual health are two different things. As men age they become more susceptible to erectile dysfunction or an enlarged prostate. The preventative steps men can take that Dr. David Samadi recommends are as follows:
* stay active and exercise regularly
* eat healthy foods
* practice kegel exercises
He also suggest having an annual checkup so your doctor can perform a physical. Avoiding your doctor only does more harm than good. Your physician can tell you everything you need to know from your blood pressure to sexually transmitted diseases. The more alcohol you drink greater risk you have for erectile dysfunction. Dr. Samadi recommends that you cut back on drinking as well as smoking cigarettes. You should also refrain from using illegal drugs. There are even some prescription medications that can attribute to sexual issues.