Foods That Boost Testosterone

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Foods That Boost Testosterone

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Here is a short video that details 10 foods that boost testosterone naturally. Testosterone is a steroid hormone and is found in birds, mammals and reptiles. In mammals, testosterone is secreted primarily in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females, although small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid and is linked to male fertility, muscle mass, virility and drive.

Foods That Boost Testosterone

About Prostate Cancer

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer involves a malignant tumor that grows on a man’s prostate gland, which is located right beneath a man’s bladder in his digestive system. A man’s chances of getting prostate cancer increases after he turns 40 and he will need to monitor his health more closely. If a man has a family history of prostate cancer he is at risk of developing the illness and African American men in particular are more likely to develop prostate cancer than other ethnicities. Prostate cancer is also the common cancer among men in the United States.

  Prostate Cancer Symptoms

 One symptom is difficulty in urinating and this includes having weak urination. Another prostate cancer symptom is bleeding in the urine and some men with prostate cancer also have trouble with maintaining an erection. Swelling in the legs may occur if a man has prostate cancer and he may experience joint pain if the cancer spreads to the bones.

High Fiber Foods and Prostate Cancer Progression

 According to Cancer Prevention Research, men with prostate cancer can slow progression of this disease by eating more high-fiber foods and this is because of a compound in fiber called inositol hexaphosphate. The study found that among men with this illness who consumed high fiber foods, the ability of new blood vessels that enable the cancer to grow further decreased over time.

Carbohydrate Reduction Could Slow Cancer Growth

 Researchers with the Duke Prostate Center also mentioned that reducing carbohydrate consumption could inhibit cancer growth in the prostate and this is because excess insulin aids in the cancer growth and when a man eats too many carbohydrates, it increases insulin levels in the body, leading to the cancer growth.

Chemotherapy

Sometimes chemotherapy is used for men with prostate cancer and this ia when medication is either given in the form of an injection or through oral medications. Chemotherapy is mainly considered an option when the cancer goes beyond the prostate and other sections of the body and when other types of treatment are not working for certain men. The main side effects of chemotherapy include hair loss, sores on the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue.

Prostate Cancer Surgery Doesn’t Always Save Lives

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, prostate cancer surgery doesn’t necessarily prolong the lives of men who have this cancer and this was according to a study of 731 men who were getting surgery to beat the illness or not getting the surgery. 5.8% of the men who received the surgery died shortly afterwards while the other group of men lived longer. One reason was because the side effects from the surgery overwhelmed the surgery patients.

Conclusion

 If you are a man who has symptoms of prostate cancer, you need to talk with your doctor right away so that you can get treatment to prevent further progression of the disease. After you get treatment you should stick to a healthy diet and make periodic trips to the doctor so that you will remain healthy.

What Is BPA

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What Is BPA

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What is BPA? BPA stands for bisphenol a, a chemical found in everyday items that acts like an artificial estrogen and can throw your hormones off balance. Recent research is now showing that the side effects of this chemical can be especially damaging for men.

What Is BPA

BPA has been linked to several physical and mental issues including breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, kidney damage, heart damage and behavioral problems. However, more recently a link has been discovered between BPA and gynecomastia which is abnormal breast growth in men and young boys. Obviously, this can lead to emotional stress as well.

This chemical is used in average consumer products such as plastic containers, canned foods and even sippy cups. Recently, BPA is beginning to be identified in the air, sand and water as well. Even low exposure at an early age can cause significant damage in the adult life.

Many states have already taken action to attempt to remove BPA from their consumer products, but the real problem occurs during pregnancy. Most people are already exposed to BPA as infants. It is transmitted from the mother to her unborn child so unless the mother limits her amount of BPA, the baby will be exposed. However, many times the effects of BPA will not show up until later in life.

In today’s world, with BPA not only in the environment but the products we use, it is hard to imagine anyway to escape this chemical and the health risks that come along with it. However, there are some ways to at least limit the exposure and therefore the negative side effects.

First, avoid drinking from plastic containers. If that is not an option at least avoid heating the plastic. Heat allows the chemical to easily separate from the material and be absorbed into the body.

Second, avoid taking receipts if possible. They are usually covered in a layer of BPA or BPA replacements that can sink into the skin and infect the body from the contact.

Finally, choosing fresh or frozen vegetables and other non- canned food items can also reduce your risk.

Though BPA may have an official definition, if asked the question, “what is BPA?” I would define it as a dangerous chemical that should be avoided as much as possible and hopefully will eventually be illegal in all states.

 

Read about Thermobalancing

Read about Thermobalancing

Benign prostate hypertrophy is a condition affecting at least one in three men after the age of about 55 and can have adverse effects on a man’s sex life, but a new, natural therapy may have the answer, and there are several articles where you can read about thermobalancing.

An article here for example, explains that:

“Benign prostate hypertrophy develops slowly as men get older, and impotence (also called erectile dysfunction, or ED) becomes more common, particularly because of long term courses of BPH medications and surgeries, so the maintenance of the prostate in a healthy condition with new Thermobalancing Therapy is essential”

This statement is according to the company called Fine Treatment under the jurisdiction of a Dr Allen. He has developed a therapeutic device to treat prostatic enlargement all the time it is applied to the body, thereby hopefully reducing the size of the enlarged prostate and helping to maintain a man’s quality of life. The article goes on to say that:

“In the US recent studies have shown that men generally stay sexually active well into old age, and side effects of commonly carried out procedures to treat BPH can put a severe damper on their abilities, as well causing difficulties in urinating.”

“According to the Mayo Clinic, risks associated with the Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) include: urinary problems, retrograde ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and need for follow-up treatment after surgery.”

Then there is the mention of Dr Allen and Fine Treatment:

“Dr. Simon Allen is a highly experienced medical professional. His specialty is in the internal medicine and cardio-vascular field, and he has treated patients after a heart attack, with kidneys problems, including kidney stones disease, prostate and spine conditions. Fine Treatment exclusively offers Dr. Allen’s devices for the prostate treatment, coronary heart disease, dissolving kidney stones, as well as upper and lower back pain relief and treatment for sciatica.”

“Dr. Allen’s therapeutic device is free from any side effects and, by improving prostate’s condition, increases potency and libido.”

A report in the New York Times has concluded that there were side effects from BPH medication as well as surgery or radiotherapy, and that these included decreased sex drive, and impotence. We are asked to contrast this situation with the alternative of thermobalancing which is free from any adverse side effects:

“Dr Allen’s device provides a natural treatment. There is no battery power and it does not need any additional materials to be used. The device consists of a neoprene belt and natural thermo-element(s) only. The thermo-element will not expire within the course of the treatment, for instance, for long lasting condition it takes 1.5 – 2years to treat. Any clothing should be worn over the belt but you can wear the device over your underwear if it is made of thin cotton and fits your body tightly.”

It is interesting to read about thermobalancing, but scientific evidence and rationale for this treatment seems somewhat thin on the ground. If it indeed reduces the problem of BPH without the need to resort to drugs or surgery then it is to be applauded, but maybe we need to wait a while to see if the benefits become established before getting too excited about it.

Whether you Should have Surgery for Prostate Cancer

 Whether you Should have Surgery for Prostate Cancer

One of the problems with prostate cancer is that there is no easy way to tell if it’s going to progress very slowly or whether it may be aggressive and this leads to the dilemma of whether you should have surgery for prostate cancer in the early stages.

A recent article suggests that for men over 65 surgery may not confer any real advantage in terms of life expectancy. The article says:

 “The vast majority of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer have surgery or other harsh treatments that can cause permanent side effects, but a study published Wednesday found that men in their 60s who had surgery didn’t live significantly longer than those whose cancers were merely monitored.”

“The clinical trial could be a turning point, shifting doctors toward more conservative treatment of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer that hasn’t spread beyond the gland.”

One of the authors of the study written up and published in the New England Journal of Medicine said:

 “What we found really suggests that treatment has a limited effect for most tumors and that PSA screening is finding many cancers that wouldn’t have otherwise caused problems,”

The article explained that;

“The trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved 731 men with an average age of 67 who were diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer detected via PSA screening, digital rectal exams, and biopsies. About half were randomly selected to have their prostate removed right away and the rest were monitored by doctors to see whether their cancer began to progress.”

 “After 12 years, nearly 6 per cent of men who had immediate surgery died of the cancer compared with slightly more than 8 per cent of those patients who were observed, which wasn’t a great enough difference to reach statistical significance. A subset of patients with high PSA readings did appear to benefit from surgery, however.”

“But men who had surgery had more side effects: About 17 per cent of them wound up with urinary incontinence compared with 6 per cent of those who skipped the treatment, and 81 per cent in the surgery group had erectile dysfunction compared with 44 per cent of those whose cancers were monitored.”

“About one in five men in the “watchful waiting” group wound up opting for treatment during the study because of personal choice or because their cancers appeared to be progressing during routine physicals; in the study, watchful waiting involved no set schedule of testing to monitor the cancers.”

“About two-thirds of the 240,000 American men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year have tumors that pose little risk of spreading, but nearly 90 per cent of them get treated with surgery or radiation, which can also cause side effects such as impotence. In part that’s because current tests aren’t able to accurately distinguish between aggressive cancers that will spread and kill if not treated and non-lethal tumors.”

“Some cancer specialists said the study’s findings don’t apply to younger men. A large percentage of those under age 65 with early disease will likely still opt for immediate treatment.”

The article would suggest that certainly any younger man diagnosed with prostate cancer should at least have active surveillance with yearly PSA testing and biopsy to check whether a cancer is progressing quickly and warrants immediate treatment. It is, however, a Hobson’s choice situation for many men since treatment can seriously impair one’s quality of life. Surgery can damage nerves in the area and cause irreversible erectile dysfunction and/or incontinence, whilst radiotherapy may shrink a cancer but rarely kills it completely, and also fixes it making surgery more difficult later.

The big problem would seem to be the unreliability of the PSA test, but there are rumours of a new way of testing for prostate cancer on the way and it is hoped that this may make it easier to decide whether you should have surgery for prostate cancer.

Some Men’s Issues

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Some Men’s Issues

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Men are not so ready to talk about personal problems, either emotional or physical, but there are some men’s issues that need to be discussed with a doctor.

A recent article reminds us of some problems unique to men that they may find embarrassing or difficult to discuss, but that it is important to take these issues up with the doctor for the sake of their health and quality of life.

Some Men’s Issues

The article mentions three main areas of concern that men need to be aware of and overcome their shyness in respect of seeing their doctor about these issues. They are described as:

 “Your sex drive has taken a dip.  There are many things that can cause this.  One of them is low testosterone (test-AH-stir-ohn). “

 

  1. “You have trouble urinating.  Here again there are several things that may cause this difficulty.  Prostate cancer could be one of them.  If you have the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, realize only 1 in 4 men with high PSA levels have prostate cancer!”

 

  1. “You think you might have erectile dysfunction (E.D).  Erectile dysfunction means that you have trouble getting and or maintaining an erection until the completion of the sex act.”

 

Each of these issues can be worrying for a man, especially one of younger years, but more often than not there is a simple explanation and solution. For example, tiredness can be a cause of a temporary lowered sex drive which soon picks up again. This can also cause a temporary problem with maintaining an erection and thus is nothing to worry about.

Excessive alcohol consumption on a regular basis is another cause of either of these two problems. Should the difficulty persist, however, it is wise to seek your doctor’s advice as there may be an underlying problem and the sooner it is treated the better.

If you have trouble urinating, you should not ignore it as it might be due to an infection constricting the urethra, and this can respond to antibiotics, or it might, especially in the older man, be associated with an enlarged prostate and then there is a need to check that it’s benign and not likely to be cancerous.

Some men’s issues are easily dealt with, once you have the correct diagnosis and advice, but if you have a problem with your sex life or suspect you might have a sexually transmitted disease, or prostate problem, you have to be a man and face up to it.

The Dilemma of Prostate Screening

The Dilemma of Prostate Screening

The early detection of cancers is extremely important, since in general it greatly enhances the chances of successful treatment, but the dilemma of prostate screening is that there is as yet no reliable screening test.

Traditionally there has been the rectal digital examination which only gives an indication that the prostate is enlarged which it is in most men over 50 to some degree or other. Some doctors reckon they can tell whether the gland is hard or soft to prodding but this is far from an exact diagnostic test. The PSA or prostate-specific antigen test has been the main indicator of prostate cancer for some time now but again has been shown to be unreliable.

An article here explains that:-

  “Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a substance made by cells in the prostate gland (both normal cells and cancer cells). PSA is mostly found in semen, but a small amount is also found in the blood. Most healthy men have levels under 4 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood. The chance of having prostate cancer goes up as the PSA level goes up.”

However quite often men have test figures above 4 without any signs of cancer, whilst others with a low figure do have a growing tumour.

A useful article about the situation explains thus:

“When PSA screening became widespread there was an increase in diagnosed prostate cancers. That would make sense – when you start looking for it, you are likely to find it. Part of the reason is that the presence of prostate cancer is fairly common as men age. Men have a 16 per cent lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer, but most of these cancers do not become evident. Autopsy studies show that prostate cancer is present in two-thirds of men over age 80 and in one-third of younger men.”

“A man’s lifetime risk of dying from prostate cancer is just under 3 per cent. His risk of dying from influenza or pneumonia is about the same from age 65-74 and three times that from age 75-84. His lifetime risk of dying from heart disease is 18 per cent.”

“A test is termed “screening” when the problem being screened for is not known to be present but could be. Ideally a screening test for cancer should be positive when the cancer is present and negative when it’s not.”

“There are problems with the PSA test – there is no positive or negative. The result is a number – a measure of the amount of the chemical in the blood. When the number is really high, the man likely has prostate cancer, but when it’s only a little high, there are many other possible reasons for it. Plus, prostate cancer can be present with a low level of PSA. It’s just not a specific enough test for screening.”

“Given the fact that prostate cancer is common but death from it is not that common, a biopsy proven prostate cancer might not cause a man’s death, particularly if he is older. So treatment may be more harmful than not doing anything. But how many people are comfortable knowing they have cancer but not treating it? Maybe it’s better not to look for it.”

“Those who treat prostate cancer point to a recent study in Europe that showed a statistically significant reduction in cancer deaths when men with PSAs over 3 are biopsied. However, more than 1,000 men need to be screened to prevent one cancer death; 37 total cancers would be found and presumably treated with no prevention of death. It is important to point out that there was no difference in total deaths from any reason between the screened group and the group that was not screened. This study means that while screening will find more prostate cancers, it makes no difference in death rates.”

Thus the dilemma of prostate screening is whether to test older men routinely, and if so how best to do it. There are some refinements in testing being introduced where a man has been found to have a routine PSA figure above 4. These measure the percentage of free PSA circulating in the blood compared with the total amount, PSA velocity over time, and PSA density. It is to be hoped and expected that prostate cancer screening will become more reliable in the fairly near future.

 

7 Simple Ways on How to Feed Your Prostate

7 Simple Ways on How to Feed Your Prostate

People obtain vitamins and minerals from the food they eat. However, this may not be the case as most food products today are highly processed so they don’t spoil right away before they are consumed. Due to the complex process they undergo, these foods are nutrient-deficit. For this reason, people are now turning to vitamin supplements. Natural supplements in liquid form are best absorbed by the body.

Here is a list of several ways on how to feed your prostate:

 

  1. Take supplements that specifically benefit the prostate gland like zinc, kelp, nettles, avena sativa, saw palmetto, pygeum and green tea.
    • Zinc – a major component of the fluid that males ejaculate during sexual arousal. It strengthens the immune system, contributes to bone reproduction and regulates blood cholesterol and sugar levels.
    • Kelp – seaweed rich in iodine and other minerals that are shown to treat prostate cancer.
    • Nettles – this can be taken in a variety of forms and is rich in iron and Vitamin C.
    • Green Tea – although not proven, catechins in green tea were found out to prevent prostate cancer.
    • Pygeum – this herb is shown to shrink enlarged prostate glands, is used to treat urinary problems in Europe.
    • Saw Palmetto – another herb that shrinks enlarged prostates.
    • Avena Sativa – tones the nervous system and is rich in calcium, silicic acid and mucin.
  2. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fresh fish. Fish meat contains fatty acids that act as a prostaglandin to strengthen the immune system.
  3. Choose whole grain instead of refined bread. Go organic as much as possible.
  4. High fat diets are linked to prostate cancer so avoid high fat diets.
  5. Avoid refined sugars, salt and highly processed foods. Avoid sodas, coffee, alcohol and black teas.
  6. Limit your intake of dairy products as they are linked to prostate cancer cases in the US.
  7. Reduce or prevent stress. Chronic stress restricts the flow of energy and blood to essential body organs. The prostate gland benefits from frequent and moderate exercise.

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Obesity and Prostate Health

Obesity and Prostate Health

Over the past 40 years, the rate of obesity has been exploding in the United States. A massive 65% of adults in the US were classified as overweight or obese, with a body mass index over the accepted normal of 25.

More disturbing is the 31% of children who are classified as overweight or obese. Since 40% of Americans do not exercise regularly, there seems to be little hope of this changing in the near future.

This dangerous combination of increased food consumption and decreased physical activity has taken a tragic toll on Americans and has resulted in increased rates of a multitude of diseases, particularly diabetes. It is literally a major health crisis looming over America, adding to an already stained healthcare system.

Obesity is also bloating healthcare cost, making healthcare in the US among the most expensive in the world.

Although research has yet to identify the link between obesity and the increased chance of developing prostate cancer remains unclear; there is little question that obesity does have negative effect on disease outcomes.

Studies have shown that prostate-specific antigen test results in obese men can be considerable lower despite the presence of disease, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment; recovery from surgery tends to be longer for the obese, and the risk of death from prostate cancer can be much higher.

Whatever nutritional approaches the individual chooses for prostate health, weight management is a must for an overall strategy. Increasing the intake of fresh vegetables can be beneficial, as long as they’re not swimming in high-fat dressings, oils, or sauces.

Nuts can be an excellent source of some key nutrients, but they can also be very high in calories and fat. Knowing what to eat is a start, the real step in incorporating good nutrition into your lifestyle.

In addition, exercise is essential for effective weight management, it’s important to exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes a day and at least 3 days each week. Exercise not only helps burn off extra calories, but help keep the individual flexible and help maintain muscle strength and endurance.

Walking, jogging, leisure activities, amateur sports, can be effective types of exercise. The key is to stay active and stay off the couch. Many American’s face an uphill challenge to regain control of their health and weight. Taking care of the prostate requires taking care of yourself.