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A Healthy Prostate

Benign prostatic hyperplasia also called BPH is a condition that affects the prostate gland in men.  The prostate is a gland that is found between the bladder, where the urine is stored, and the urethra, where the urine passed through.  As men age, the prostate gland slowly enlarges.  This growth may press on the urethra and cause the flow of urine to be slower.  This enlargement typically isn’t caused by cancer or infection.

Most symptoms of BPH start gradually.  One symptom is the need to get up more often at night to urinate, and to empty the bladder often during the day.  Other symptoms include difficulty in starting the urine flow and dribbling after urination ends.  The size and the strength of the urine may also decrease.

Such symptoms can be caused by other things besides BPH.  They may be signs of more serious diseases, such as bladder infection or cancer.  Tell your doctor if you have these symptoms so they can evaluate your condition.

In order to know if you have BPH your doctor will perform a rectal exam, which will allow the doctor to feel the size of your prostate.  To ensure that the problem is benign the doctor may need to look a sample of the urine for signs of infection.  A blood test may also be in order.  An ultrasound or a biopsy of the prostate may help the doctor make the diagnosis.

Once the doctor is sure that the symptoms are caused by benign growth of the prostate gland, treatment can be recommended.  Surgery is considered the most effective treatment and is used in men with strong symptoms that persist after other treatments are tried.  Drug treatments are also available, which block a natural hormone that makes the prostate enlarge.  This medicine has side affects that have to do with sexual function.

Another medicine called alpha blockers, can also help the symptoms of BPH.  Alpha blockers have been used for a long time to treat high blood pressure, but they can also be used to help the symptoms of BPH, even in men with normal blood pressure.  These medicines may not work with all men.  The side affects include dizziness, fatigue, and lightheadedness.  The side affects go away once the medication is stopped.

If you are dealing with any of these symptoms, make an appointment today. Call 757-488-3333. Treatment is available.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed

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Now Offering – Home Sleep Study!

Family Medicine Healthcare is now offering our patients a home sleep study for those patients who qualify.  This is a low cost and extremely convenient option for people who find themselves extremely tired and suffering from fatigue. Those who qualify for a sleep study can enjoy the convenience of having the study done while they are at home, sleeping in their own bed.

So, how tired are you? Here is a Sleepiness Scale Self-Test (click here). Answer the questions to see how likely you are to doze off in normal, day to day, situations. These answers may show if you are possibly suffering from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.

You can also answer this simple questionnaire from ResMed, a leader in diagnosing and developing technology to help Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders.

ResMed Sleep Apnea Questionaire


If you have any of these symptoms, call our office today at 757-488-3333 to schedule an appointment with me. I would like to discuss this option with you, and see if you qualify for a Home Sleep Study.

Sleep is essential to your overall health. We want to ensure you are getting the sleep you need.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed, MD


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What is Anemia?

Anemia occurs when blood does not have enough hemoglobin, according to WebMD. Hemoglobin is a protein in the blood that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Normocytic anemia is the most common type of anemia. Normocytic anemia can either be congenital or acquired. Meaning it could be something a person is born with or developed later in life. It usually starts slowly.

People with anemia typically get tiered easily, look pale and may feel dizzy or weak. Most often this type of anemia is found in routine blood tests.

Red Blood Cells


Anemia could also be caused by not having enough iron in the body. A number of factors can cause low iron: Lack of iron in the diet is mostly a problem for children and young women. Children who drink lots of milk and don’t eat enough iron rich foods and young women who follow diets are susceptible too. Growth spurts in children under 3 where their little bodies are growing so fast that the bodies are not able to keep up with the growth spurts. Pregnant women or those who are breast feeding need two times more iron than men. That’s why pregnant women may need to be tested for anemia and eat more iron rich foods. Blood loss is also a common reason for iron deficiency in adults. Heavy periods, internal bleeding, stomach ulcers, cancer or taking aspirin for a long time may cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines.

Therefore, it is important to check the reason for the anemia.

Anemia may have no symptoms OR some of these:

  • paleness
  • tiredness
  • shortness of breath during exercise
  • fast heartbeat
  • cold hands and feet
  • brittle nails
  • headaches

Some types of anemia can be prevented by diet by eating iron rich foods such as:
• Liver and other meats
• Seafood
• Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, and prunes
• Nuts
• Beans, such as lima beans
• Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli
• Blackstrap molasses
• Whole grains
• Iron Fortified bread and cereals

Some foods block the absorption of iron. These include coffee, tea, egg yolks, milk, fiber, and soy protein.

If you suspect you may be anemic, call our office today at (757)-488-3333, and we can schedule a routine blood test to determine your iron level. With treatment, you will be feeling much better!

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed

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