However, as men age, most have to get up at night to urinate. Some men have to do this more than six times a night, which interferes with sleep and makes them very tired during the day. Doctors prescribe muscle relaxants and some patients find that they help. However, a very large percentage of older men go from doctor to doctor and are unable to find a drug that will control their night-time urination.
Researchers in Taiwan prescribed a nasal spray containing antidiuretic hormone to older men who urinated more than six times each night and had not been helped by conventional treatments (British Journal of Urology International, December 2005.) More than 85 percent improved in a very short time. Muscle relaxants that help some men include: Hytrin (terazosin), 1 mg to 10mg at bedtime; Cardura (doxazosin) 1 to 8 mg at bedtime; Flomax (tamsulosin) 0.4 to 0.8 mg once a day; Uroxatrol (alfuzosin)10 mg once a day.
Hormone blockers help only a little and are not as effective as doctors used to think. They include Proscar (finasteride), 5 mg once a day; and Avodart (dutasteride), 0.5 mg once a day. The antidiuretic hormone that was used in this study shuts down the kidneys temporarily and is effective for both men and women. It is called DDAVP (desmopressin) and is available as pills or a nasal spray, by prescription. The pills are given 0.2 to 0.6 mg at bedtime. The DDAVP nasal spray dose is one spray into one nostril at bedtime.
Do not take any fluids after 6:00 PM. Do not take any other medications that can raise blood pressure".
British Journal of Urology International, December 2005
January 8, 2006
Gary Moller comments:
Waking in the middle of the night is a huge issue that can impact on lives through disturbed sleep. The article above gives a few clues as to the natural therapies that can be used to manage and even eliminate the problem in many cases. The idea is to set out to do what the drugs with all their side effects attempt to do.
Get the into the groove!
The first action is to get the body's biorhythms working properly so that natural anti-diuretic hormones are secreted at the right time. The first step is to synchronise your daily circadian cycle which often becomes disturbed by modern living that isolates our lives from the daily influences of the sun. Once the body has resynchronised then it will produce the right hormones at the right time of the day - night. Including the hormones that reduce kidney function overnight:
- Go to bed every night and be asleep before 11pm and be out of bed every morning by 7am even on days off.
- Exercise daily at the same time every day, preferably in the morning.
- Exercise in bright sunlight every day. This can be a brisk walk before breakfast or during your lunch break. Wear a hat; but leave the sunglasses behind.
- Eat meals at the same time every day.
- Have your last drink 2-3 hours before going to bed.
Among other things, your body requires cholesterol and vitamin D in order to produce the hormones that regulate the body - everything from healing to sex to peeing!
- Fat free is not healthy. This is why a fat free diet and/or cholesterol lowering medication can signal a general decline in health. Cut out more of the unhealthy fats like margarine, hydrogenated oils and excess animal fats and have more of the healthy fats like fish oil, flax oil, coconut oil and olive oil.
- Along with cholesterol, you need lots of vitamin D. With age, vitamin D levels tend to plunge. Cholesterol and vitamin D are integral for the production of most if not all hormones in the body, so it makes so much sense to ensure that there is ample of both available in the body, especially as we get older.
Forget about the prescription muscle relaxants which, among other things, kills your sex life and do it naturally. If the smooth muscle of the body is not healthy, it will be in a state of tension. This often shows as erratic or raised blood pressure, difficulty with stress and heart problems like an erratic pulse. The most likely cause is a combination of mineral and vitamin deficiencies, starting with low magnesium and depletion of the B group of vitamins (A hair tissue mineral analysis is recommended to eliminate the guesswork as to supplement need).
By restoring balance to the body's chemical physiology, the muscles will be restored to their natural state of relaxation. A relaxed bladder has much greater capacity and can therefore hold much more urine overnight. Simple really! But good things take time and you mut be patient while these natural approaches have time to work their magic - months, if not years. But who cares when you have a lifetime ahead of you!
Anti inflammation the natural way
Body - heal thyself!Why I recommend a hair tissue mineral analysis
A hair tissue mineral analysis determines exactly what chemicals are inside of you, including radiation, heavy metals such as mercury, food chemicals such as aspartame, pesticides and more. Generic medical lab tests don't identify deep tissue toxins or nutrient depletions. The hair analysis is the best tool out there. Having an analysis performed is one of the most accurate ways of detecting toxic metals within your tissues and determining your vitamin and nutrient imbalances.
The protein in hair fiber holds the composition of the body tissues for a permanent period. By analyzing the hair fiber composition, you can tell what toxins have accumulated in the body tissues and what vitamins and minerals are depleted or too abundant causing an imbalance in body function.
You first must identify the cause or causes of your health symptoms before you attempt to ‘heal’ them. By detoxifying unnatural chemicals and by replacing specific vitamins individual to your needs, proper health can be restored through nutrition. The human hair analysis can detail these levels.