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Urology Health & Wellness

There’s a lot you can do to stay healthy. Follow these tips to take an active role in your wellness.

As one of the Bay Area’s leading urology programs, you can count on outstanding care and compassion from our care team. We’re dedicated to helping you do everything you can to maintain or regain your health, stay out of the hospital, and enjoy life.

Men: Keep Your Prostate Healthy

To reduce your risk for prostate cancer, make healthy choices for your body. Research suggests that these tips can significantly improve your well-being:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Avoid saturated fats and choose unsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts or avocados. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts and kale. Legumes contain cancer-fighting nutrients, so look for healthy recipes that include soybeans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils or peanuts. Eat less dairy, as it may increase the risk of cancer.
  • Drink alcohol, coffee and tea in moderation. If you drink alcohol, consume no more than two drinks per day — preferably red wine, which offers some health benefits. There’s some evidence that coffee, regular or decaf, may protect against prostate cancer. Similarly, green tea may offer protection against cancer.
  • Take fish oil, flaxseed and vitamin D. Take a high-quality 1,000 mg fish oil capsule each day, or eat foods containing omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, halibut, tuna, walnuts, canola oil and flaxseed). Mix a tablespoon of flaxseed into a dairy-free smoothie or sprinkle it on cereal to get your daily dose. Also, take 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day. Or, take a brisk walk outside in the sun to get a dose of vitamin D and get some exercise at the same time.
  • Commit to exercise. If you don’t exercise, talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program — ideally 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise most days of the week. Try running, swimming, biking or brisk walking.
  • Stay sexually active. Sexual activity helps prevent prostate cancer, and exercise helps you stay sexually active.

Besides prostate-specific care, El Camino Health offers a full range of services for men’s pelvic health — from education and prevention to advanced treatment.

Women: There’s Help for Pelvic Problems

Female pelvic issues aren’t “just part of life.” We understand it may be embarrassing to talk about occasionally leaking urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze — but don’t be afraid to speak up. There are many ways we can help:

  • Pelvic fitness and education. Targeted exercise can help you improve bladder control, strengthen your pelvic core, and even improve your sex life. El Camino Health offers a fitness-oriented pelvic health program, the Total Control® Program. For more information or to register — for either Total Control or an incontinence education class —call 650-940-7285.
  • Physical therapy for pelvic pain. Pelvic pain can often be treated with physical therapy. Treatments include manual therapy, posture correction, core muscle strengthening, pain-reducing strategies, and pelvic-floor strengthening using biofeedback and gentle electronic stimulation techniques.
  • Surgery. For more serious pelvic issues — such as endometriosis, uncontrollable menstrual bleeding, pelvic prolapse, fibroids and interstitial cystitis — our Pelvic Health Program combines the talents of 60 doctors who specialize in obstetrics, gynecology, urology and gynecologic oncology.

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