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Dr Marcus Gleave on Male Problems "Downstairs"

Some men are reluctant to come and see their doctor, particularly if the problem is ‘downstairs’. 
Here’s a brief summary of some of these (treatable) problems:
Erectile dysfunction/impotence Happens to almost every man at some point.  Common causes are alcohol, stress, tiredness and relationship problems.  If it only happens occasionally it is not something to worry about, but if it is worsening or happening increasingly frequently, it is important to see your doctor. 
General measures to improve erections and sexual function include reducing alcohol, stopping smoking, losing weight and taking more exercise.In addition there are effective treatments that can be prescribed, the most well known being sildenafil or ‘viagra’. 
When you see your doctor for treatment we will also try to determine the likely cause of the problem – it may be psychological in which case you can be referred to a specialist.  Erection problems may be due to restricted blood flow to the area, which may require yo…

Vitamin D - top tips for staying healthy year round!

Vitamin D is essential for our bone health.Lack of vitamin D is the cause of rickets in children, and it can cause ‘thinning’ of the bones in adults, increasing the risk of injuries such as wrist and hip fractures.It may also play a part in maintaining cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of neurological conditions such as dementia, but the evidence for this remains unclear. Up to a quarter of the UK population is deficient in vitamin D, with rates higher in older adults and up to 94% in adults of south Asian extraction.Most people do not experience any symptoms, but deficiency can cause pain and muscle weakness. Vitamin D is largely made by the skin when it is exposed to sunlight, it is also present in some foods including oily fish, some breakfast cereals and dairy products. People at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency include those who are not exposed to enough sunlight, people with darker skin, children, pregnant ladies and people taking certain medications such as cortico…

What is Psoriasis and can it ever be effectively managed?

Do you have psoriasis or know someone who suffers with this condition? About one in 30 people in the UK have psoriasis and it can have a devastating impact on their lives. The dry itchy patches are uncomfortable and disturb sleep, scratching leaves traces of blood on the sheets and large amounts of scale can be shed onto clothes and carpets.
All too often I hear people, including doctors, saying there is not a lot that can be done – ‘it’s the way you are made and you will have to put up with it to varying degrees for the rest of your life’. That is rubbish! I had psoriasis quite badly as a teenager – I even needed hospital based treatments. However, some simple lifestyle changes is all I need now to keep it at bay and I haven’t had a hint of psoriasis now for over 30 years. It needn’t be a miserable disease, suffered in silence and destroying relationships.
Psoriasis can be mild, but it often affects sensitive areas or skin that can’t be hidden. This has far-reaching effects on patien…

Unwanted thoughts & OCD

Ever thought of something you don't want to, or got a song you really don't like stuck in your head...? We all experience unwanted thoughts, some of which cause us distress, most of the time we manage this distress, and get past the thought. Other times we might become so distressed we feel unable to manage, and obsess over what we’ve just thought and this can lead to Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It can be a debilitating condition, it causes an individual to experience unwanted obsessional thoughts and compulsions, over and over again. Worldwide studies show that 1 in 100 people suffer from OCD at some point in their lives. 
The thoughts experienced are unpleasant and disturbing, causing the sufferer extreme anxiety. To minimise the experience of this anxiety, individuals deal with their thoughts and feelings by carrying out compulsions, which are repetitive physical or mental actions. Compulsions can involve washing, checking, and repeating these actions until it feels…