Summer is sneaking up early on us here in Southern California. As I write this, it is 84 degrees outside, and it is not even 9:00 a.m…Summertime for me always conjures up pictures of children frolicking in water features and playgrounds, which is why I feel so privileged to help couples realize their dreams of having their own children romping amidst summer activities.  If you are hoping to start or add to our family next year, now is the time to start thinking about preparing your body; think about us. Until next month…

New Research Shows Lifestyle Modifications Can Be Instrumental in Reducing Prostate Cancer Risk

 

Most men eventually develop some type of prostate problem. And, when they do, there usually are no easy solutions. The three most common prostate problems are: (1) benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), (2) prostatitis, and (3) prostate cancer. In the case of the latter, there have been disappointments in the area of chemoprevention- an approach that uses drugs or supplements to try to reduce risk of prostate cancer.  Two leading contenders – 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and vitamin E supplements – not only do not seem to prevent prostate cancer, but actually may increase the risk of developing it. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening – arguing for most men, screening does not save lives and causes more harm than benefit.

Nevertheless, the news is not all bad. Three studies presented at the May 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (“AUA”) demonstrate linkages between prostate cancer and metabolic syndrome disorders and diet. The research shows lifestyle modifications can be instrumental in reducing the incidence of prostate cancer.

The study details are summarized in this May 21, 2014 Medical News Today.