Checking Testosterone Levels Matters
For men, a diagnosis of prostate cancer is scary, unsettling, and far too common in the American population. There is ample reason for men, especially those 65 and older, to be checked regularly. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The good news: With proper treatment (including targeted nutrition which I always recommend to my patients), survival rates are currently around 3 million for men who were diagnosed with prostrate cancer at some point. Count actors like Robert De Niro and Harry Belafonte and politicians like John Kerry and Rudolph Giuliani among the survivors.
Recent research has now linked low testosterone levels with prostate cancer. Men who are hypogonadal, meaning with low levels of testosterone, are the focus by researchers who are beginning to find a link between low levels and eventual prostate cancer.
One of the side benefits of the recent research is that it seems to confirm the controversy over testosterone therapy, which many believe fuels prostate cancer. To the contrary. Researchers at the University Clinic Muenster in Germany found lower than expected incidences of PCa among men who had received testosterone therapy for a median of 5 years (maximum 17 years), according to a recent article published in Renal & Urology News.
Ahmad Haider, lead researcher for the study, summed up their findings in the Journal of Urology, “Testosterone therapy in hyogonadal men does not increase the risk of prostate cancer.”
The researchers examined data for a 1,023 men from three independent centers who had hypogonadism and were receiving testosterone therapy. Men whose levels were 12.1nmol/L or less and who experienced loss of libido and unusual weight gain, were given injections of testosterone undecanoate in interval of 12 weeks (several researchers noted a relationship with Bayer, which manufactures testosterone undecanote).
Also, out of the Seoul Metropolitan Government Seoul National University comes word from recent research affirming that low testosterone levels predict an increased likelihood of high-grade prostate cancer (PCa), found as a result of a prostate biopsy.
As reported in Renal & Urology News, Hyeon Jeong, MD, led a team who studied 681 men who had an initial 12-core transrectal prostate biopsy. Of these, 86 had low testosterone levels (less than 300mng/dL, and 143 had normal levels (300 ng/dL or higher). In total, 143 men had a positive biopsy and 99 had high-grade PCa.
Their key finding: A low testosterone level was not associated overall with a PCa diagnosis, but it was associated with an increased risk of PCa that is a 2.1 times increased risk.
“Checking testosterone levels could help to determine whether prostate biopsy should be carried out,” the researchers noted.
In my latest book, The Gene Therapy Plan, I discuss how nutrition helps to prevent and manage various cancers, including prostate cancer. For instance genistein, a compound found in soybeans and soy-based foods, is effective against both lung and prostate cancer. One study reported that the average PSA level in men taking genestein as a supplement decreased by 7.1 percent compared to a 4.1 increase in those taking placebo.
Prevention and treatment can be found, as well, in your kitchen. Cruciferous vegetables pack plenty of fuel as toxin-fighting nutrients and are a boon to cancers like prostate, breast, colon, and ovarian. Some studies have shown that consumption of cruciferous vegetable can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 54 percent. They also fortify the body’s natural detoxification centers to prevent toxic buildup and DNA damage. They are a marvel group of foods that represent the best of treating and preventing chronic disease at the genetic level.
Please consider including the following in your nutrition plan:
- Black and brown mustard greens
- Bok choy
- Broccoli rabe
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
- Japanese radishes
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