Prostate problems

Thursday, December 2, 2021

An ad on television sells a prostate medicine to a group of aging good buddies. They are having a heck of a good time driving to a fly fishing camp. None have to stop on the road at the nearest Texaco station because of a “growing problem, not a going problem” as they use this new prescribed drug. Most men will experience a problem with their prostate starting from middle age called BPH, sometimes with slowly increasing PSA (prostate specific antigen) or quickly increasing levels. Natural products can be of great benefit and without side effects.

Sometimes, the slow creep is not related to cancer at all but just to the gland getting larger and older. If there is a fast jump, then quick action should be taken. Seeing your doctor right away is recommended if the value goes higher than four very fast. Many doctors think the four value is too high and act even sooner, but others disagree. If the PSA drops by using well chosen supplements, then likely the rise is because of the gland getting larger and older or being annoyed. Some doctors don’t do PSA testing unless they get suspicious.

The growing problem is called BPH, benign (not cancer) prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement). When the prostate swells, it presses around the urethra (the tube carrying the urine out of the body) and squeezes it. Less urine empties from the bladder and the guy has the urge to go again in a short while. Again, this is a common problem.

Saw Palmetto is the most common herbal used to reduce the enlargement caused by aging. It is approved by the German Commission E and is used by German doctors for BPH. According to the PDR, 500 mg/day of standardized extract should work. I’ve found higher amounts taken each day are far more satisfactory, up to 1,200 mg/day.

Pygeum (100mg/day) or pumpkinseed oil is very helpful. To lower PSA that is slowly creeping up, nothing beats lycopene taken daily. I think all men over 40 should supplement with DIM at 200mg or higher, as this supplement is scientifically supported for its beneficial effect on testosterone and for battling cancer cells.

The ecological tip of this week is about glass. Unlike some materials, glass can be repeatedly recycled without losing quality or strength. Crushed recycled glass is called cullet. Rinse your glass bottle, don’t worry about the paper label and put the bottle and lid separately in the bin.

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