At Cypress, we value our friendships and there is no better than our Scientific Advisor, Dr. Geo Espinosa. His passion for men’s health is contagious and his ability to speak candidly about a topic most men fear to treat is what we love about him. Though September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we believe that every month is an important month to pay attention to prostate cancer risk.
About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The American Cancer Society
What Every Man Needs to Know About Prostate Cancer Risk
It is our privilege to share five easy to follow lifestyle tips, myth busters and advice for prostate health and prostate cancer therapy from Dr. Geo Espinosa.
- Selenium is the most undervalued mineral that is directly associated with prostate cancer risk reduction. Dr. Geo recommends patients be tested for serum selenium (selenium in blood) or RBC selenium (selenium in red blood cells). Once serum levels are established, supplementation with any generic selenium won’t do much good. A specific form of selenium, high selenium yeast (like SelenoExcell, made by Cypress Systems), reduces prostate cancer risk by up to 63%.
- Testosterone does not feed or ignite prostate cancer. This is a commonly believed myth that has perpetuated for the last 70 years. Current research suggests that low testosterone levels correlate with high levels of advanced prostate cancer (APC).
- Weight resistance exercise significantly reduces the adverse side effects of patients who are on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer. The minimum recommendation is to exercise three times per week for thirty minutes per session.
- Extreme low carb diets may be a good dietary strategy for co-management of prostate cancer. Diets comprised 25 grams of less per day of low carbohydrate green vegetables, as opposed to grains, is advised. (Added Note: See The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies.)
- Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) tests are still valuable. Contrary to the 2012 US Preventative Task Force recommendation against PSA tests, they are still useful for blood marker screenings and prostate cancer recurrence testing after treatment. The goal is to not overuse PSA and observe PSA Velocity (how the value changes within time) and PSA Density (measures high levels related to prostate enlargement) before a prostate biopsy.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death of men, outside of skin cancer. It’s why Dr. Geo recommends the use of blood tests for vital nutrients, like selenium, that are not currently part of mainstream medical practices. He believes that if we’re going to get serious about preventing health problems instead of just treating them, such tests are wise and make economic sense in the long run. Click here for five more recommendations from Dr. Geo on enhancing men’s health.
Dr. Geo Espinosa is a renowned naturopathic doctor recognized as an authority in integrative management of male and urological conditions, including prostate disorders, male sexual health, and interstitial cystitis. He is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University and is the medical director and co-founder of XY Wellness, LLC – a nutraceutical company dedicated to supporting and improving the health of men. Dr. Geo’s new book, Thrive, Don’t Only Survive! is a comprehensive men’s health guide for living a healthy life before and after prostate cancer. To learn more about Dr. Geo visit: www.DrGeo.com
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