The prostate plays a vital role in male sexual health, affecting fertility and pleasure. This gland surrounds the urethra just below the bladder and when enlarged, can affect the flow of urine and semen into the penis.
As you age, your prostate may enlarge, a condition called benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which can disrupt your normal bladder function, causing more frequent or less complete urination. Exercise and proper nutrition are two of the most important precautions you can take for maintaining proper prostate health. Focus on a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables and get your lean protein from grains like quinoa, wild-caught fish, and lean poultry. Make sure to include plenty of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, bok choi, brussels sprouts, cabbage) in your diet to defend against cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men. While the PSA test is used as an important screening tool, it is not and never was intended as a diagnosis for cancer. At my medical clinic, we use cutting edge tests for PCA3 gene expression (PCA3 is found in 95% of prostate cancers) and color Doppler ultrasound instead of painful and inaccurate prostate biopsies for diagnosis.
At the root of both BPH and prostate cancer is deadly inflammation. Saw palmetto, stinging nettle, and zinc are other common approaches to BPH.
If you’re struggling with ED, first understand that you’re not alone. I see hundreds of male patients with the same challenges. Although I know it’s embarrassing to talk about, my suggestion is that you visit your doctor and ask them to test you for two things: your heart function and your hormone levels. Erectile dysfunction can actually […]
Here are three words pretty much guaranteed to scare an adult male: Erectile…dysfunction…incontinence. Unfortunately, these have been all too common side effects of the all too common prostate cancer interventions—radiation, chemo, and surgery. No disrespect for practitioners here—many considered these the best options available. But today, I offer gentlemen three words that change everything: 100 […]
An American man has a 16% lifetime risk of prostate cancer—not quite one in six. Though the risk of dying of prostate cancer is only 2.9 percent, it’s still the second leading cause of cancer death among American men, after lung cancer. So there’s recent concern about significant declines in: The number of men taking […]
Guys, you’ve probably seen the testosterone ads on television…you know, the ones that promise a whole new life from a one-size-fits-all gel, patch, or injection. The ads got one thing right: It’s true that low levels of testosterone can affect your health, and by that I don’t just mean erectile dysfunction (ED). Low testosterone is […]
I’d like to share with you the results of recent research linking pain and inflammation with a problem that’s all too common these days – low levels of the hormone testosterone. The study, which reviewed the results of nearly 100 previous clinical trials, found that lack of testosterone is linked to chronic pain and inflammation. […]
Very few days go by without me seeing a patient who is concerned about his prostate. And who can blame them? During the next few years, I expect to see cases of prostate cancer continue to increase, until the disease achieves the dubious distinction of being the number one cancer among men. Yet, in spite […]
Reggie had been a patient of mine for more than a decade, until he moved out of the area. So you can imagine how surprised I was to see him in the exam room one day. It turned out, Reggie had been having prostate problems, starting with a PSA test that had risen from 1.9 to […]
Prostate problems are increasingly common these days. But, by making a few lifestyle changes and following the guidelines I give my patients, you can protect yourself – and your prostate – from complications. There’s a saying you might have heard about the prostate gland that sums up the situation very nicely: The prostate is a […]
Maybe you’ve seen the television ads explaining that “low T,” or low testosterone levels, can be a health risk. Although the ads are by a pharmaceutical giant selling a prescription product, low testosterone is not a fake health concern created by drug companies to increase sales. In fact, low testosterone does indeed cause significant health […]