By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
January 13, 2016
- Is there a link between testosterone and prostate cancer?
- Here’s where the real threat lies
- …And 3 ways to slash your risk
In last Friday’s issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, I talked about the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women. And it triggered some pretty serious questions about prostate cancer.
I get it. Over the years there have been plenty of mixed messages about testosterone and prostate cancer. That makes it hard to know what’s true and what isn’t.
Well, let me clear something up for you.
Just a couple of years ago, 46 experts from the U.S., Finland, Germany, Japan and other countries collaborated on a huge undertaking. These folks represented major research centers. Some were from the National Cancer Institute, John Hopkins and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Others hailed from Helsinki University and Oxford.
They analyzed the data points and results of 18 studies on male hormones and prostate cancer. And they came to a conclusion. “There were no statistically significant associations between serum concentrations of testosterone [or any other androgen] and the risk of prostate cancer.”
In other words, risk levels were almost identical in men with the highest levels of testosterone and those with the lowest.
And if you want the truth, there are other things in your life that likely have a much larger role than testosterone when it comes to your chances of developing prostate cancer.
For example, here’s something I’ll bet you’ll find surprising.
If you drink two or more glasses of milk a day on a regular basis, you’re almost twice as likely to develop prostate cancer than if you passed it up altogether. Other dairy products like cheese and ice cream just add fuel to the fire and increase your risk even further.
And what about red and processed meats? Once again…double the risk.
All of these foods are also fattening. And being overweight is another risk factor for prostate cancer, especially the more aggressive type.
Now, I’ve always said what you eat is one of the easiest and most effective ways to sidestep cancer. And that includes cancer of the prostate.
You see, your body is actually designed to kill cancer cells before they can multiply. But if you’re eating foods that shut your natural defenses down, some of those mutated cells could slip through.
So the idea is to flood your body with foods and nutrients that that help keep this process in check.
What do I recommend?
There’s a group of vegetables referred to as “cruciferous” or “brassica” vegetables. These include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, radishes, rutabaga, turnips and watercress.
These veggies contain powerful phytonutrients called sulfuraphane andindoles that have anti-cancer properties.
Just three or more servings a week can shrink your risk of prostate cancer by about 41%.
Pomegranate juice is another natural wonder when it comes to warding off prostate cancer. First, it lowers levels of inflammation that place you at risk for prostate cancer. But more importantly, it can stop cancer cells from spreading…even kill them off.
Lycopene-rich tomatoes are a great cancer fighter, too. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can slash the risk of prostate cancer by about a third. It’s also associated with low PSA levels.
In an odd twist, the lycopene in canned tomatoes is much more absorbable than that in the fresh fruit. Go for an organic brand that has a low salt content…or supplement with 6.5 mg of lycopene daily.
Healthy fats, like those found in olive oil, nuts and wild-caught seafood can also cut your risk.
Don’t let bad food habits seal your fate. Remember…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And that’s never been truer than when it comes to cancer.
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