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National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Signs, Risks, and Treatments

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. It begins in the prostate gland where abnormal cells develop and, if not detected early, can spread to other organs. Prostate cancer that is found in the early stages may require little to no treatment, however, some types of prostate cancer are aggressive and spread quickly to other organs which will require more intensive treatment. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, LA Medical would like to provide you with symptoms, risk factors, and common treatments. We have many options of incontinence for anyone in need.

Signs & Symptoms

The best way to detect prostate cancer early and prevent the spreading of it is to be aware of signs and symptoms. Common symptoms include: trouble urinating, decreased force in urine, blood in urine or semen, pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs, bone pain, erectile dysfunction.  Contact your doctor if you experience any of these or want to learn more.

Risk Factors

Certain genetics and lifestyles may increase the chances of prostate cancer developing. Men after the age of 65 are at greater risk and should be extra cautious of any warning signs that appear. African American men have an increased chance of developing advanced and aggressive prostate cancer. Family history of breast or prostate cancer in a family increases the chances of it. Obesity makes treatment more difficult and can affect how aggressive the cancer is.

Treatments

The severity of treatment depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is. Radiation may be used outside or inside the body to kill cancer cells. Medication can be taken to stop the production of testosterone or block the cancer from spreading. Surgical removal of the testicles may be performed to reduce the level of testosterone in the body as well. If the cancer has spread and a patient is not responsive to medications, chemotherapy may be used. It can be administered through a vein or in pill form. There are other treatment forms and all are specific to the patient’s needs.

LA Medical encourages you to watch for the warning signs of prostate cancer to detect it as early as possible. Visit your doctor if you have any further questions or concerns and contact LA Medical for health and safety supplies!

Aging Men’s Health: Get Health Screenings Yearly

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Men's Health Month Tips

Getting regular health check-ups can help you keep tabs on your health so you can be more active with your family.

June is a month that includes Men’s Health Week landing on June 9th-June 15th and Father’s Day follows. This month is a good time to bring up health with the men in your life. It is especially important to get yearly health screenings for a variety of health issues as men age.

There are some startling facts about men that LA Medical would like to bring to your attention and we believe that health screenings for a wide array of health issues is important to live a life of wellness.

  • Nearly 8% of men between the ages of 50-70 are to develop prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer in men behind skin cancer. On a positive note, once this type of cancer is detected and stopped in the prostate, the likelihood of five year survival is almost 100%.
  • Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States. Risk factors that add to the likelihood of heart disease include smoking and high blood pressure. To better aging men’s health, get regular cardiovascular screenings important in preventing heart disease.
  • Osteoporosis does not only affect older women, but also affects aging men’s health. As people age, calcium starts to leak from the bones causing weakness.  Those with a family history of the bone disease should especially be checked, but it is recommended for all after age 65.

Although LA Medical does not offer screenings, we encourage our customers to get checked for an assortment of health issues that affect men as age progresses. Not only are screenings important to the wellbeing of your life or the life of a loved one, exercise is also vital to aging men’s health.

LA Medical offers assistive products for walking and exercise. Remember to always make screenings and health a priority to lead a life of purpose.

Practical Gifts for Father’s Day

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Father’s Day is this month and the old question comes up again: “What do you get for a man who has everything?” Forget the ties and mugs, LA fathers dayMedical has a few more practical gifts for dear old dad.

Does dad have trouble with walking safely or for longer distances? LA Medical can help with that. Our selection on standard and rolling walkers provide safety and can take a lot of the strain off of the legs. There are many styles and colors available with accessories to personalize it to meet dad’s needs and tastes.

How much more active and social could dad be with a mobility scooter? Scooters have opened up the world for people of all ages. Going to the mall, fishing, concerts, out for supper or to school and community activities are no longer off limits or too tiring. Today’s efficient and lighter weight scooters are easy to operate and transport. Helping dad get his “first set of wheels” will be a rewarding gift that none of you will forget.

If your father already uses a wheelchair or scooter, consider improving his home or vehicle with ramps. From lightweight and foldable ramps for the home or ramps that allow access to vehicles, LA Medical has what you’re looking for. Eliminate the jarring entrances in and out of rooms with easy-to-install threshold ramps.

Most of the injuries that occur in the home happen in the bathroom. Toilets that are too low or slippery bathtubs and floors create hazards for people as they age. Consider giving the gift of safety with a new shower chair, grab bars or raised toilet seat. These safety products are often the difference between people staying in their home or spending a month in the hospital or nursing facility healing from a fall.

What can LA Medical help you find today that will make this Father’s Day the safest on yet?

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy: Male Health Risks

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

In part 3 of this month’s LA Medical blog, we are continuing to focus on men’s health.  When we look at the number of men who die due to

male health risks

preventable reasons, we can all agree that these issues need more attention.

While there are certain cancers that are mostly exclusive to males and females, both genders share many of the same cancers. Looking at what those cancers have in common, we see some alarming differences. Over-all, one and one-half times more men than woman die from cancer. Men also have a higher probability of developing cancer and don’t survive as long once they’ve been diagnosed.

The mortality rates are even for men with certain gender-neutral cancers. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for males and kills two and one-half times more men than woman. Melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer kills nearly twice as many men as woman. Those mortality numbers have risen steadily for 40 years.

Cancers are not the only illnesses that take their toll on men. Over one and one-half as many men as women die from pneumonia and flu. Many of these respiratory issues are due to smoking, secondhand smoke and chemical pollutants. Many of these pollutants are found in traditional male dominated factory and agricultural jobs.

Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise all over the country. The eat-too-much, move-to-little American lifestyle is often to blame.  Even with the numbers rising for everyone, nearly one and one-half times more men than women die from diabetes. When not managed properly, diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage and other complications.

Staying active and getting screenings are two of the best ways or men to stay healthy. While LA Medical can’t offer screenings, we do offer diagnostic products to help you maintain your health and products to help with walking to encourage activity.

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy: Male Health Screenings

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical is using Men’s Health Week as a time to bring attention to male health screenings. Men’s Health Week was started 1992 to bring

male health screenings

attention to health issues of males of all ages. The 2013 observance is June 10-16. The celebration is always the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

Men die six years earlier/younger than women. Men are also more likely to die from the top 10 health issues like heart disease than women and yet a recent study found that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive screenings than men.

Some of the most screening and health information a man can receive include information on prostate cancer and other prostate issues, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, testicular cancer, mental health, and low testosterone.

Did you know that osteoporosis is also a concern for men? Osteoporosis is more common in women because of hormone changes, but affects men as well.  Osteoporosis usually occurs later in men and is normally less destructive due to a larger male skeleton. But as life expectancy for men goes up, more of these bone problems occur and result in broken hips and other broken bones.

Mental health screenings for depression and other common emotional issues are also important. The National Institute of Mental Health is working hard to raise awareness about the issue of depression among men and boys. There are over 400,000 emergency rooms visits for self-inflicted injuries every year. Suicide among males is four times higher than among females and represents 79 percent of all U.S. suicides.

How can you keep the men in your life healthier and happier? If you are a man, what products and services can LA Medical provide to help you live better or more independently? LA Medical has a wide selection on walkers, canes and scooters to increase safety and mobility.

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy for Men’s Health Week

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical is putting our attention on the men in our lives during Men’s Health Week 2013.  The actual week is June 10-16, but we’re focusing on itmen healthy for whole month of June.  Men’s Health Week started in 1992 to bring attention to health issues of males of all ages. The timing of the celebration coincides with Father’s Day.  Men’s Health Week is a time to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

What are some of the biggest health issues men face?

  • Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death.
  • Testosterone is linked to elevations of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol. High cholesterol is linked to heart disease, stroke and many other problems.
  • In the workplace, 92 out of every 100 deaths are male. Much of this number can be attributed to the type of jobs that are traditionally held by men.
  • Male life expectancy is 6 years lower for men than women and by the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one.
  • Another thing happening more often in men than women is homicide/murder.  1 in 179 homicide victims are white male while 1 in 30 homicide victims are black males. In comparison, 1 in 132 victims of homicide are black females and 1 in 495 are white females.

LA Medical offers many products to make life easier and safer or the man in your life. From ramps and safety products for the bathroom to a full selection on canes and walkers, see us first. These items would make great Father’s Day gifts too!