September is Urology Awareness Month, aiming to raise awareness and money to fund vital research and training into urological diseases; such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s), kidney stones or bladder control problems. The Urology Foundation is spreading knowledge of urology health, breaking down the stigma associated with many conditions and persuading people to talk about them.
With an estimated 1 in 2 people affected by a urological condition in their lifetime, it is important to break the stigma and encourage people to actively take care of their urological health. Especially as diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent in the UK.
Here at The Insurance Surgery we are experts in finding life insurance for high-risk clients. No matter what the urological condition, we will always fight to find you the life insurance product(s) you deserve. We understand that it may be difficult to discuss certain medical conditions, that’s why our advisors are here to help make you feel as comfortable as possible, when discussing something so personal.
However, it is important to understand that insurance providers will need to know all of your medical history in order to give you the best cover possible. Our advisors are here to help guide you through the whole process and will work through it at a pace you feel comfortable with.
Some of the most common urological conditions that we come across are kidney disease, kidney stones, UTI’s and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). We know that it can be difficult to live with a urological condition, so we’ve collected a few tips to help you:
- Drink enough liquid, mainly water if possible – it is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses a day
- Stay within a healthy weight range
- Don’t smoke
- Limit the amount of salt and caffeine consumed
- Urinate frequently/whenever you need to – don’t hold in urine
- If you are susceptible to kidney stones, you can change your diet to help prevent them i.e. reduce sodium, animal protein and oxalate or increase calcium intake
If you think that you may have an un-diagnosed urological condition, it is important to contact your doctor as if left untreated it could cause major complications. Here are some common symptoms of urological conditions:
- Blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urge to urinate – even when the bladder is empty
- Urinary incontinence
- Chronic UTI’s
- Weakened urine stream
- Discomfort in the lower abdomen
- Pelvic pain
- Infertility, impotence, or erectile dysfunction in men
If you are displaying any of these symptoms it is possible that you may have a urological condition, and you should seek professional medical help to get the correct treatment for your condition.
If you would like more information about urological conditions, please visit The Urology Foundation