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Men’s health: Important Issues


1. BPH vs Prostate cancer

Benign prostatic hyperplasia also called BPH, is an enlarged prostate gland. 

Symptoms can include trouble with urination, a weak urine stream, and not feeling empty after urination. Treatment options include medicine, and/or surgery. 

If you have any of the above symptoms call your doctor immediately for testing and further work up and rule out prostate cancer. 

2. Erectile dysfunction 

Also referred to as ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Causes include medications, Diabetes, other chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, and/or drinking too much alcohol. 

3. Snoring

Not only is snoring a nuisance, but 75% of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea (when breathing is disrupted for short periods during sleep), which increases the risk of developing heart disease. Snoring is more prevalent in people who are over weight which itself is a risk factor for heart disease.

If you have any of these symptoms you should discuss them with your doctor so further testing can be done.

Breaking the myths on healthy food choices!


1. Potatoes are bad!

Not really.

Since we eat the highly processed version of the white potato—for instance, french fries and potato chips—consumption of this root vegetable has been linked to obesity and an increased diabetes risk.

But white potatoes are actually loaded with fiber and higher in essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and potassium compared to lot of root vegetables.

The bottom line: The form in which you consume a potato—for instance, a whole baked potato versus a processed potato that’s used to make chips—is important to consider.

2. Sugar? What about it?

Table sugar is as bad as High fructose corn syrup.

The bottom line: HFCS and regular sugar are empty-calorie carbohydrates that should be consumed in limited amounts. How? By keeping soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices, and prepackaged desserts to a minimum.

3. Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided.

Large-scale scientific reviews have determined there’s no reason for people with normal blood pressure to restrict their sodium intake.

Now, if you already have high blood pressure, you may be “salt sensitive.” As a result, reducing the amount of salt you eat could be helpful.

What to do is you can simply consume more potassium-containing foods.

Why? Because it’s really the balance of the two minerals that matters.

The bottom line: Strive for a potassium-rich diet, which you can achieve by eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

What You Should Know About Depression.

depression information

Everyone occasionally feels sad. But most of those feelings are related to a trigger and pass within a couple of days but when u have depression it interfers with your daily life, it affects your life and affects the lives of other around you. 

What is depression and what are the symptoms?

Severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life, lasting longer than 2 weeks, is something you need to be concerned about.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness. 
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex. 
  • Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory. 
  • Insomnia or oversleeping. 
  • Appetite changes, which may include weight gain or loss. 
  • Fatigue, lack of energy. 
  • Thoughts of suicide or death. 
  • Slow speech; slow movements.
  • Sleep disturbances.

Why does it happen? Is it my fault I am depressed?

Most likely not. Lot of factors like Genes, Stress, and neurohormones are most likely the cause of depression.

Factors causing and affecting depression include:

  • Genetic factors- many studies have shown its familial. Family, twin, and adoption studies provide very solid and consistent evidence that MDD is a familial disorder and that this familiality is mostly or entirely due to genetic factors.
  • Stress – ongoing or recent stress due to interpersonal adversities, including childhood sexual abuse, other lifetime trauma, low social support, marital problems, and divorce.
  • Cortisol – some subjects with MDD do show abnormalities of that axis of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
  • Serotonin and GABA – the neurohormones implicated are serotonin and GABA. Reduced central serotonin and GABA both have been associated with mood congruent memory bias, altered reward-related behaviors, and disruption of inhibitory affective processing.


If you have any questions anytime about depression, depression care, need help or advise, please feel free to call me.

Tapasya Srivastava, MD, MPH

Phone: 978-794-2112

Pentucket Medical – North Andover

Other resources available for you are:

Counseling Associates of Dracut and Methuen

Phone: 978-683-0133

 Arbour Haverhill

Phone: 978-373-7010

Emily Bergeron, MA, LMHC – Therapist

Located in Pentucket Medical, Haverhill

Phone: 978-794-5401