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The Indignities of Age.

5 April 2016

Yesterday a fifty-five-ish year old man stuck his finger up my butt, and I paid him to do it. Well, my insurance company did, anyway. It was a deeply unpleasant experience, but there’s no reason to believe that there’s anything wrong with my prostate. Which is good. Because I have warning signs.

Now, I’m not in any high risk group, from an ethnic or familial perspective. Or age. For the most part, men in my situation are not expected to start getting regular exams until they are 50 or so. I should have had a decade left. But I have warning signs.

I pee frequently. Now, that’s most likely due to my insulin resistance. Despite the fact that I take good care of myself these days, and only eat three cupcakes at a time once in a great while, and usually after a long run when I do, I am still insulin resistant. My morning blood glucose is too high (usually in the 103-111 range). My long-term blood glucose measure (A1c) is ok, at 5.5. But even that is toward the top of the normal range.

One way our bodies deal with elevated sugar is to pee it out a lot. So I do. And while my blood sugar is not alarmingly high – i.e., I don’t expect to suffer any complications at these levels – my body is responding by doing what it can to lower it. I need to eat less sugar, and I need to lose some body fat.

But insulin resistance is not the only reason that men pee a lot. Another reason is an enlarged prostate, which can be cancer. While I don’t have the familial indicators for that, having symptoms is more important than having family history. So I went to the doc and asked what to do, and he said that a prostate check was indicated.

So I had one. It was no fun, but it could have been worse. And now I know that I don’t have an enlarged prostate. So I don’t have to pursue a bunch of other, frightening medical remedies.

The doc agreed that my exercise and diet were doing alright by my blood sugar and said if I wanted to control my frequent urination I could take Flomax. I declined. I don’t need to start down the inevitable road of polypharmacy just to pee a little less frequently. I’m surviving now. It’s not a real problem. I just wanted to rule out more serious things. We did a urinalysis as well, and I’ll get those results tomorrow or the next day I think.

In the meantime, I need to try to eat less, or smarter. I can’t really exercise more. I’m doing a lot. But hopefully I’ll be able to drop down a few pounds one of these days and maybe that’ll have an effect. Maybe it won’t.

But it’s not worth worrying about something when there’s an easy check. So men, if you are in the groups, or of the age, or have some symptoms, go get your prostate checked. It’s no fun, but the knowledge is worth it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aimee permalink
    5 April 2016 10:24

    At least your doc did it. One of the most frustrating things about my job is watching doctors practice sub par medicine. The other day I was with a man, older than you or I, who complained about frequency and diminished stream and specifically asked for a prostate check. He got the brush off. Glad everything is okay with you. PS 5.5 is a great A1C

    • Aimee permalink
      5 April 2016 10:26

      Oh I guess you’re right. Just looked it up.

  2. 6 April 2016 03:07

    I remember watching a hilarious Billy Connelly routine where he said after 50 your only conversation with medical staff is over your shoulder. 10 years on I now know what he means!

  3. Syd permalink
    17 April 2016 10:36

    I have been getting it done. Not all that it is cracked up to be–LOL. Aging isn’t fun. But I am like a 45 year old which is good. I’ll take that.

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