Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in American men, affecting one in seven males1. After the age of 50, most men have their prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland, checked by their primary care physician annually. But here at AIM, we recognize that this valuable test can only help with cancer detection, not cancer prevention (to learn more about prostate cancer detection, click here). As a male you can begin to reduce your risk for this disease today. How? Improve your estrogen metabolism!
“What? Estrogen? Isn’t that a female hormone?” No, not at all. Both men and women make estrogen and testosterone in varying amounts and the prevalence of certain estrogens can either increase or decrease your prostate and breast cancer risks.
“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Estrogens”
Pages 150-152 of Get Well & Stay Well: Optimal Health through Transformation Medicine® by Drs. Steve and Sandi Amoils (also available in the AIM store) discusses both the protective and harmful by-products that can result from breakdown of estrogen. We are able to test for these metabolites by running Complete Hormone Profiles for men and women. Once we learn your risk we can help support you in cancer prevention through several methods:
Diets rich in cruciferous vegetables (vegetables without seeds) and antioxidants (found in colorful vegetables) support the production of “The Good” estrogens whereas alcohol, sugar and overcooked meat increase your supply of “The Bad.”
Obesity, smoking and certain pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals have been linked with increased levels of “The Bad” estrogens. We have found acupuncture, exercise plans, and dietary education have really helped our patients make beneficial changes in these areas.
Supplements high in cruciferous vegetable extracts help increase “The Good” and decrease “The Bad” estrogens. We carry EstroDIM and CDG-EstroDIM from OrthoMolecular to help our patients reach their ratio goals. We have also found that specific types of B vitamins help improve the conversion of all estrogens into “safe exhaust fumes,” forms of chemicals that the body can easily excrete from us, or detoxify. To improve this process in our patients, we like Methyl-CpG, also from OrthoMolecular.
Call today to schedule an appointment and talk with your AIM physician about how you can begin to reduce your risk of prostate cancer before your next PSA test.