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This Blog features essays on wellness and medicine to help educate and inspire our patients. As Dr. Gluck is a Harvard trained surgeon with over 30 years in private practice, he offers precise expertise on both the study of Urology and Sexual Wellness. Below you will find Dr. Gluck’s personal thoughts on anywhere from Incontinence to living a Paleo lifestyle. Dr. Gluck is committed to helping his patients take care of their health and wellness from both a medical and holistic perspective.

27 December

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, a well written review article on intermittent fasting highlights the benefits of this practice. In October, I was fortunate enough to hear a full day of lectures by Dr. Jason Fung, the author of “The Diabetes Code” and “The Obesity Code.” He showed us the science behind intermittent fasting. Although the current recommendations for three meals a day plus snacks are supposed to improve our health, the US population continues to both gain weight and to have an increased incidence of diabetes. In fact it is a crisis of obesity and diabetes! Our bodies were not designed to work in this fashion.

 

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24 December

Regret Over Treatment of Prostate Cancer: A Patient’s Story

I routinely see patients who regret having been treated for their prostate cancer with either surgery or radiation.  Almost none of these patients had known or been told about HIFU, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, as an effective and non-invasive option for treating their prostate cancer.  While some studies have suggested that surgery is no better than Active Surveillance (watchful waiting), newer data from large, randomized controlled studies clearly shows that treatment is better than observation.  Nearly two thirds of men on Active Surveillance will require intervention in their lifetime due to the progression of their prostate cancer.

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21 December

“Testosterone Boosts Sexual Well-Being in Older Women”

This small but provocative study highlights the benefits of testosterone therapy in post-menopausal women. Testosterone worked as a valuable tool to improve libido and the female sexual experience. The route of administration favors creams and gels over pills due to a rise in the triglycerides and LDL cholesterol with pills. The overall cholesterol, however, was decreased with testosterone therapy. The women showed no significant adverse effects.

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16 December

Holiday Stress?: Helpful Tools to Calm Your Mind

The Holiday Season can be stressful! As we approach the end of December and the coming New Year, take a look at these Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times. With the use of four simple tools – breathself-compassionconnection, and compassion for others – this article helps unpack how to effectively and efficiently keep stress levels low during this holiday season and beyond.

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19 November

Votiva: Benefits of Pelvic Health and Feminine Care

Women’s health is a very important priority in my practice. As a urologist, half of my patients are women. Female health is so important in urology that it is an integral part of our residency training. Pelvic health, until recently, has not been a priority for most doctors. Fortunately, there are now available many new treatments including Votiva, a radio frequency energy which gently induces tissues to undergo a healthy transformation.
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17 July

Does HIFU Really Work for Prostate Cancer?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a well established and accepted method for treatment of localized prostate cancer. It has been in continuous use in Europe since 1994, and now has been employed world-wide, including the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved HIFU in October of 2015. To date, tens of thousands of patients around the world have been successfully treated.

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03 June

What is the HIFU Procedure for Prostate Cancer Treatment?

HIFU, or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a non-invasive treatment using sound wave energy to eliminate cancer.  It has been in continuous use in Europe and around the world since 1996.  It was approved in October 2015, here in the USA, by the FDA for prostate use.

 

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27 May

What are the Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder?

Bob, a 53-year-old executive, realized he was waking up two or three times a night to go to the bathroom. During the day, he frequently ran to the men’s room, to avoid embarrassing accidents. Bob was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate condition, which was now obstructing the urine flow from his bladder. Initially, his doctor prescribed a medication to relax the prostate, with only minimal success. Further testing confirmed that his prostate enlargement had caused the bladder to become overactive, giving him the frequent urges to urinate.

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17 April

Blood in my Semen?: Hematospermia

A frequent question I am asked is: “What does blood in my semen mean?” Men are not used to seeing anything but clear, whitish, or slightly yellow/green color in their semen, all normal. But when the semen is suddenly red or brown, their first thought is often times “cancer.” The good news is that, almost always, blood in the semen, or “hematospermia,” is a benign finding. Getting confirmation from a urologist is a good idea.

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09 April

HIFU: A Better Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, has your doctor discussed all the options for treatment? If they haven’t mentioned HIFU, or if they have dismissed it as an option, please seek another opinion. HIFU remains the least invasive form of prostate cancer treatment, and has the least chance of side effects while retaining an excellent record for cancer control. After HIFU, return to normal activity is usually very rapid, and there are no restrictions against exercise, lifting, or travel.

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