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Control #Prostate Cancer Before It Starts


A while back, I posted a blog on prostate health.  It mentioned some supplements on how to improve the health of this organ.  Reports show that 14-46% of men over the age of 40 have prostate cancer cells(1).  The percent increases as you age.  Prostate cancer looms over men in the same way breast cancer does for women.  I see no other potential disease state that men will actively try to prevent both in nutraceuticals and lifestyle changes than prostate cancer.  As many more men die from cardiovascular issues, prostate cancer seems to cause more fear in men.

So what can you do to prevent this disease?  What can you do if you have established prostate cancer?  Keep in mind that estrogen is more an issue than testosterone.  The more we can keep estrogen down, the more favourable the outcome.

1)Keep alcohol consumption down to no more than 1 drink per day and coffee to no more than 2 cups per day.  More than this will increase estradiol levels.

2)Keep weight down!  Fat tissue increases aromatase activity that converts testosterone to estrogen.

3)Low animal protein intake may tip the conversion of testosterone to estradiol from aromatase instead of the conversion to DHT thru the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme.  There is some debate as to the effect this would have, but it would seem prudent to increase animal protein content especially in favour of extra carbohydrates.  Sugar feeds cancer so increasing protein and fiber will benefit.  Taking zinc will help to block both pathways.

4)  Coming into contact with estrogen either directly or not.  We see men  with symptoms of estrogen dominance because their partner is taking topical estrogen and it gets transferred by direct contact to them.  Xenoestrogens in the environment can also contribute to male estrogen dominance.  Eat organic!  Herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, hormones in food, plastic drinking containers, microwaving plastics, all can contribute to estrogen load.

5)Wearing tight underwear causes the temperature of the testicles to increase and restricts blood flow.  This results in more estradiol and less testosterone production.

6)Men with longterm stress that have low cortisol tend to have increased production of estradiol.  Stress causes abdominal weight gain that increases estradiol as well.  There are several ways to bring back adrenal health and we can help with this.  The best first step is reduce stress, eat well, and exercise.

7)Keep your thyroid in shape.  Overactive thyroid especially is a culprit that can cause testosterone conversion to estrogen.

8)Increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables.  One of our supplements, I3C is used by both men and women to funnel the metabolism of estrogen down to less harmful metabolites.  Another supplement, DIM is also used for this purpose.  The cruciferous vegetable family uses this pathway to keep estrogen load down.

8)Keep your testosterone levels optimal.  Use a saliva test to determine your levels.  Too high or too low causes an unfavourable estrogen level.  When you do this saliva test, be sure to determine your progesterone and cortisol levels.  Progesterone deficiency and out of range cortisol need to be corrected.

9)Ask your pharmacist if any of your medications you are taking are reducing your androgens or competing with androgen receptors.

Check back on our previous prostate health blog for more recommendations on keeping your prostate health up.  Other supplements, like resveratrol, antioxidants, zinc, and other nutraceuticals are all recommended.

Take care!

1) Hertoghe, T. MD, The Hormone Handbook, SA Medical Books, 2010 pages 331-334

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Prostate Health

According to Canada’s Movember, the following statistics show alarming facts about Prostate health

1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime and 1 in 28 will die of it.

A man dies from prostate cancer every 15.6 minutes.

In 2013, 26,500 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and 4,000 men will die of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer.

The incidence rates are nearly double for in African American men.

If detected and treated early, prostate cancer has a 95 percent success rate.

While there are cases of prostate cancer showing up in younger men, it is recommended that men begin an annual screening at age 50 and at age 40 if there is a family history.


The older you get the better the chance of Prostate Cancer occurring.  The prostate is notoriously slow the act and react to its surroundings in a good or bad way.  Therefore your prostate health is as much preventative as it is treatment based.  This means there are things you should be doing now at any age rather than wait for prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate), prostatitis, or prostate cancer to occur.

Testosterone can change to DHT via an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase or to estrogen via aromatase.  Most men believe that it is the excess of testosterone that causes the problem, but it is more the conversion of testosterone to these metabolites that results in hypertrophy (enlarged prostate).  Estrogen dominance is not only a common problem in women but also in men due to diet, environmental factors, and being overweight (aromatase works in fat tissue in abundance in men and women).  Some supplements you can take to help reduce this include:

  • Zinc – which helps stop the conversion of testosterone to harmful metabolites.
  • Prostaglandins in the prostate decrease with age.  It is believed that these  substances help to control the growth of the prostate from hormonal factors.  Essential Fatty Acids are precursors to these substances and can help reduce the prostatic hypertrophy
  • Saw Plametto inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme and reduces the DHT produced and has other actions that help to reduce the size of the prostate.  It is well studied in prostatic health.
  • Pumpkin seed , Pygeum Africanum (an endagered species), Saw Palmetto and stinging nettle contain phytosterols that have been studied extensively for prostatic hypertrophy and shown to have beneficial effects.
  • Prostatitis, which is an inflammation or infection of the prostate can be aided with zinc due to it’s antibacterial effects, and Quercetin (a natural anti-inflammatory flavanoid).  Also, we here from our patients all the time how diet affects their prostatitis.

Ask us more on doses and sources of these supplements and which foods to avoid and other proactive things you can do to avoid this condition.  Estrogen metabolism is just as important in men and we can help you funnel estrogen down to favourable metabolites and decrease your estrogen dominance.


Gaby, Alan R. Nutritional Medicine – A Textbook, chapter 210

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