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October / 2007
 

 

The men in my practice have tended to be very positive in their health action plans.  They get results.  For me that is rewarding and I request that you refer your friends who want to live long and healthy lives. Please feel free to forward this newsletter.

Prostate

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 When it comes to "men only" health concerns the prostate tops the list. This newsletter will focus on what is known to increase prostate health. Studies have yielded many ways to balance the odds in favor of avoiding prostate enlargement or cancer. As it turns out, research has shown the same lifestyle that protects from heart disease and colon cancer is the healthiest way to maintain a healthy prostate.

 

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. (By comparison 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer).  At current rates only 1 man in 34 will die from it. Many die of something else not even knowing they had prostate cancer and others have curative treatment or live many years with treatments. 

 

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is enlargement that is not cancer.  BPH is common in men over 50 and by age 85, 90% of men have BPH. One solution to BPH is to never stray far from a urinal. A better solution is to stay in the 10 % of men who avoid the problem.

 

I have been designing effective treatment plans for men with prostate cancer and BPH for years now. There is much to be done either with or without conventional treatments.  In this newsletter I will focus on how to know what you are treating and how to avoid either BPH or cancer.

 

The two primary diagnostic tools are the digital rectal exam and the blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA).  I begin these tests when my male patients are 50 years old or earlier if their family history shows genetic tendency to Prostate cancer.  The testing should be done once a year. Both tests have limitations and do not tell with certainty which problem you may have.  These tests let you know when a biopsy of the prostate would be indicated.  The biopsy is the only way to be sure the cells are not cancer.

 

The PSA test is a measure of a substance in the blood that is secreted by the prostate gland.  The larger the gland the more PSA is found in the blood.  The number reflects the size of the gland.  A very large prostate that is not cancerous can have a higher number than a small cancerous gland. If the PSA is increasing faster over time, or if the PSA is higher than expected for the size of the gland, it is more worrisome.

 

When the doctor feels the gland with a finger (digital rectal exam) the size of the gland and its texture are assessed.  If lumps are felt, or if the gland is very firm or hard it is worrisome.  Sometimes there is a cancer located where it cannot be felt.  It may then be noticed by a PSA that is increasing.  These two tests together help the patient decide if a biopsy is warranted. 

 

Every year I ask the men in my practice to fill out the prostate questionnaire.  This is a form about common symptoms related to prostate enlargement.  Symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency and changes in the urinary stream may come on so gradually they are not recognized as early warning signs.  An increasing yearly score can signal the need to get on a better plan.

 
Maintaining Prostate Health basketball
 

Activities that Promote a Healthy Prostate:

 

Walking, dancing, cycling, hiking, playing basketball, tennis or other sports that keep you moving.  This should be done at least 4 hours a week.

 

Avoid prolonged sitting.

 

Yoga postures to tone the pelvis and increase circulation in the pelvic area.

Spinal manipulation and massage.

An active, joyful sex life.

 

Diet:

Eat whole fresh organic food. (Pesticides can stimulate growth of cells).

 

Avoid dairy especially high fat dairy and if you use any assure it is organic.

 

Avoid animal fat.  Fish and soy are helpful as substitutes.  If you use meat assure it is grass fed or that poultry and eggs are free range organic.  The saturated fat in animal products is associated with faster growth of the gland and increased risk of cancer.  The side effect can be lower cholesterol.

 

Avoid foods with flour, sugar or other starch (bread, pasta, bagels, deserts) that raise blood sugar and insulin.  These foods contribute to the risk for prostate trouble, heart disease and diabetes.

Use more fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables, oats, brown rice, ground flax meal and bran. Begin to increase the amount of beans in your diet such as black, pinto, kidney and soy (edamame).  Fiber and beans help your body get rid of used hormones and other toxins which may accelerate the growth of the prostate or cancers.

 

Eat more red foods such as tomatoes that are high in lycopene.  Ten servings a week reduced prostate cancer risk by 45%.

 

Eat several servings a week from the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, arugula). They inhibit cancer and reduce hormones that can cause the gland to enlarge.

 

Snack on pumpkin seeds.

 

Drink green tea.

 

If you drink juice (which is not generally helpful due to concentrated sugars), use pomegranate juice.  A recent study demonstrated 8 oz. daily of Pom juice could slow the growth of prostate cancer.

 

Supplements:

Begin with a high quality multiple vitamin to cover any nutritional needs not met by your diet.  Assure it is high in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A and mixed tocopherols.

 

Zyflamend: One capsule twice a day.  This combination herbal product has been studied at three different clinics including MD Anderson Cancer Center.  It has shown remarkable effects on cellular inflammation similar to the drug celebrex.  This may be a way Zyflamend inhibits cancer cells.  If you are at risk for prostate cancer this seems like a reasonable insurance with the side effect being less inflammation ( which means fewer aches and pains and less risk of heart disease.)

In This Issue
Prostate
Maintaining Prostate Health
Diagnostic Tools
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The two primary diagnostic tools are the digital rectal exam and the blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA).  I begin these tests when my male patients are 50 years old or earlier if their family history shows genetic tendency to Prostate cancer.  The testing should be done once a year. Both tests have limitations and do not tell with certainty which problem you may have.  These tests let you know when a biopsy of the prostate would be indicated.  The biopsy is the only way to be sure the cells are not cancer.

 

The PSA test is a measure of a substance in the blood that is secreted by the prostate gland.  The larger the gland the more PSA is found in the blood.  The number reflects the size of the gland.  A very large prostate that is not cancerous can have a higher number than a small cancerous gland. If the PSA is increasing faster over time, or if the PSA is higher than expected for the size of the gland, it is more worrisome.

 

When the doctor feels the gland with a finger (digital rectal exam) the size of the gland and its texture are assessed.  If lumps are felt, or if the gland is very firm or hard it is worrisome.  Sometimes there is a cancer located where it cannot be felt.  It may then be noticed by a PSA that is increasing.  These two tests together help the patient decide if a biopsy is warranted. 

 

Every year I ask the men in my practice to fill out the prostate questionnaire.  This is a form about common symptoms related to prostate enlargement.  Symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency and changes in the urinary stream may come on so gradually they are not recognized as early warning signs.  An increasing yearly score can signal the need to get on a better plan.

 

Additional nutrients that can assist in maintaining a healthy prostate:

 

Vitamin D: 1,000 IU daily.  New findings are showing the benefit of higher levels of intake for all of us, but especially for the bone and prostate health and for cancer prevention in general.

 

Zinc: 50 mg. total and Copper 2 mg including what is in your multiple.

Selenium: 200 to 300 mcg.

 

Fish oil especially on days you do not eat fish. (be sure it is a brand that has been treated to remove toxins).  Fish oil is good for the heart as well.

 

Beta- Sitosterol: 60 mg. daily has been more effective than the drug

Finasteride (Proscar) in some studies. This is a main ingredient in UltraMeal plus that we sell for lowering choesterol.  Once again heart healthy habits are also good for the prostate health.

 

Herbal support:

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens): 320 mg. daily of the liposterolic extract has been shown as effective as finasteride without the side effects.

 

Pygeum :100 mg. and Nettle (Urtica dioca) root: 200 mg. are both useful. They reduce urinary symptoms and may act to prevent testosterone conversion to DHT and estrogen which are linked to prostate cancer.

 

 

Dr. Dana Keaton
Center For Natural Medicine
906 West McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ  85007

(602) 266-4670
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