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Seek relief for urinary-tract

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Posted: September 19, 2007 4:12 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2007 5:00 a.m.
   DEAR DR. GOTT: I am an avid reader of your column. I could identify with the nurse who has frequent urinary-tract infections. I had the same problem for years following a hysterectomy and cystocele/rectocele surgery, until I recently discovered an alternative called Cystex. Your readers might want to try it.
    DEAR READER: Urinary-tract infections are the second-most common type of infection in the entire body, accounting for more than 8 million doctor visits per year. Bacteria that normally reside in the colon enter the tube emptying the bladder, where they attach and multiply, causing infection. Both men and women can suffer from this malady.
    However, women are twice as likely to have UTIs than are men. Individuals who suffer abnormalities of the urinary tract that can obstruct the flow of urine (as in the case of bladder or kidney stones) are more likely to develop a UTI.
    Some of the most common symptoms of a UTI are back pain, fever, general achiness, malaise, burning on urination and frequent urination.
     Women who suffer from recurring UTIs — especially during and after menopause — often write me asking for an inexpensive therapy to prevent them.
    Recently, several readers have called to my attention a useful preventive, the Cystex that you mentioned; so I am passing on your tip in hopes that it may help improve other women’s health.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my newly updated Health Report “Bladder and Urinary Tract Infections.”

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a concerned parent of a little boy who is 7-l/2 and weighs 110 pounds. I fear he has diabetes. It runs in my family with my mom, two aunts, grandmother and myself all affected. All his doctors do is a urine test that comes out normal. He is active, plays baseball and soccer and will be starting football soon. In spite of that, he continues to put on weight. He has some of the signs and symptoms, such as feathering of the skin around his neck, and he drinks liquids like crazy. For example, one night at dinner he had 32 ounces of juice. I work in the medical field, so I see what can happen if diabetes goes undetected.
    DEAR READER: Your son shows no indication of diabetes at this stage in his life, so further testing would probably not be helpful. My inclination as a nonpediatrician is to defer making a diagnosis, suggesting you monitor the situation and, by all means, follow the doctor’s advice. Perhaps football (a sport that I am not sure is appropriate for a pre-teen) will cause your son to trim down.
    You indicated he drank a quart of juice with dinner. Make every attempt to limit his intake of juices and sugar-containing foods. Insist he have water or skim milk with dinner instead. Since you have diabetes, I assume you are monitoring his diet closely, and you may wish to have him follow a diet similar to yours.
    If it helps, congratulations. If not, insist on more extensive testing that includes blood work, or request a referral to an endocrinologist.
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