The Prostate Diet for Prostate Cancer
Every time you pick up a fork, put food on to your plate, order at a restaurant, or consume any drink, you are making a choice to either be good to your prostate or not, especially if you are concerned about your diet for prostate cancer. And if you have had treatment for prostate cancer you should be even more concerned about your diet to prevent prostate cancer. This is because 30% of prostate cancers return no matter what the treatment and no matter what your urologist tells you. Even those men who have had a complete removal of their prostate have a 30% chance of reoccurring prostate cancer so its even more important to have a focus on lifestyle and diet for prostate cancer prevention after treatment.
And if you are worried about getting prostate cancer then diet is the #1 thing you can change to help with reducing your risk. Yes, prostate cancer is treatable but ask any man who has the disease and your life will never be the same so its important to not fall into the marketing trap of the medical community downplaying the significance of the disease just because its “treatable”.
The foods you choose and the way you live your life have a major impact on whether or not you will develop prostate problems, and especially prostate cancer. Cancer experts and nutrition and diet studies estimate that our food choices account for up to 90 percent of cancers of the prostate, breast, pancreas, and colon. Even lung cancer is believed to have a dietary link. If you’re skeptical, consider the rates of prostate cancer in China compared with those in North America. In 2002, there were 1.6 cases of prostate cancer for every 100,000 males in China, compared with 120 cases per 100,000 in North America. That’s 75 times the rate in China! (Parkin 2005)
Experts believe that a major part of the reason for the difference prostate cancer rates is diet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “diets high in red meat, dairy products, and animal fat have frequently been implicated in the development of prostate cancer”. The traditional Chinese diet consists of vegetables, fish, sea vegetables, fiber-rich foods, and a small amount of soy, a fare that is typically low in saturated fat and sugar. The SAD—Standard American Diet—is true to its name: high in saturated fat and sugar, low in fruits, vegetables, fish, and fiber. When you combine SAD with our notoriously couch-potato lifestyle, you have the formula for the alarming rise in lifestyle-related diseases, especially obesity, that we are surrounded with today in Western countries.
SAD is a disaster as are many of the fad and gimmick diets on the market. The Prostate Diet for Prostate Cancer is a sensible eating plan designed to promote and maintain prostate health by safeguarding against inflammation and cancer, as well as maximizing overall wellness.
New Prostate Cancer Test Available
A new prostate cancer test is available to doctors and patients. Genomic Health announced the availability of Oncotype DX Prostate Cancer Test at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting in San Diego.
The new prostate cancer test is the first of its kind. This multi-gene test will help guide treatment decisions, allowing patients with low-risk prostate cancer to avoid invasive treatments such as radiation and radical prostatectomy. According to UCSF Department of Urology chair and professor, Peter Carroll, M.D., MPH, the new study results showed that information gotten from the Oncotype DX prostate cancer test “tripled the number of patients who can more confidently consider active surveillance and avoid unnecessary treatment and its potential side effects. The test also identified a smaller number of patients who, despite seemingly low-risk clinical factors, had more aggressive disease and, would suggest that they consider immediate treatment.” This genomic tool will help distinguish between low-risk and high-risk prostate cancer at the time of the biopsy.
What Is Active Surveillance?
Active surveillance is one treatment plan for prostate cancer patients. It involves careful and consistent monitoring of prostate cancer without surgically removing it. Patients who choose active surveillance get regular check-ups, periodic PSA tests, clinical exams, and sometimes biopsies. This plan allows them to monitor their disease for signs of cancer progression.
Currently, about half of the 240,000 men who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. are classified as low-risk through methods such as the PSA, Gleason Score, and physical exam. Even though low-risk patients have less than a 3% risk of cancer progression and the disease becoming deadly, 90% of low-risk patients choose to undergo treatments such as radiation and radical prostatectomy. With this new prostate cancer test, men can use their individual genetic information to help them make treatment decisions with more confidence and help low-risk men avoid unnecessary aggressive treatment.
How Does It Work?
Patients who are newly diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer need to know how aggressive their tumor is. The patient first gets a prostate biopsy sample taken with a needle. The Oncotype DX prostate cancer test is done on the biopsy sample, analyzing the genes in the tumor and indicating whether the cancer is likely to grow and spread. The genomic test measures the level of expression of 17 genes across four biological pathways, allowing it to predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer. The test results are reported as a Genomic Prostate Score (GPS), which ranges from 0 to 100, and this score is combined with other clinical factors. The GPS provides an accurate and individualized risk assessment, allowing the patient and his doctor to make a treatment decision between active surveillance and immediate treatment.
Genomic Health, Inc., is a global healthcare company that has two other genetic health-related tests for breast cancer and colon cancer. Visit their Web site to learn more about Oncotype DX Prostate Cancer Test. For questions about the Genomic Access Program, which can assist with insurance coverage, billing, and out-of-pocket costs, call Genomic Health Customer Service at 866-ONCOTYPE (866-662-6897).
source: visit: http://www.prostate.net
Lifestyle and Prostate Health
Lifestyle has a significant impact on prostate health and can increase your risk of prostate cancer and other prostate disorders. The daily decisions you take as to what to eat, drink, smoke, medicate yourself with or indulge in insofar as illicit drugs can all add up to an unhealthy prostate. Even your workplace can contribute to an increased risk of prostate cancer if you are being exposed to toxins, additives in foods, environmental pollutants or pesticides in foods. Maintaining maximum wellness and immunity is about stacking the cards in your favor and making the best choices for a healthy lifestyle. For example:
Alcohol and Prostate Health
Studies have shown that men who drank two or more standard drinks per day had about a 20 percent greater chance of developing prostate cancer. Read more about how alcohol affects prostate health.
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Stories about a new blood test that may detect Alzheimer’s disease three years before the onset of major symptoms has been making the rounds on most major news outlets.
The claim: Georgetown University scientists have pinpointed a parcel of 10 fats that, if present in an individual’s blood, can predict whether that individual will develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s disease within a few years. An analysis of the test’s effectiveness, conducted on 525 older individuals (with a minimum age if 70), found that the presence or absence of these fats in a person’s blood could determine, with 90 percent accuracy, whether or not that individual would experience some form of dementia in the future.
The presence of these particular fats appears to be indicative of membrane disintegration in neurons, which can lead to cognitive impairment due to brain cell death.
Study author Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and executive vice president for health sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) says the blood test has the potential to “change how patients, their families and treating physicians plan for and manage the disorder,” according to a GUMC statement.
The value of diagnosis, despite no cure
What makes this particular test so extraordinary, especially since science isn’t close to developing a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?
Experts agree that the key to coming up with an effective Alzheimer’s cure or treatment is to figure out how to discover the disease earlier in its progression.
The problem is, most people often seek cognitive testing only after they start experiencing symptoms such as memory loss and confusion; when it may be too late to effectively intervene in the disease. But research has shown that telltale signs of Alzheimer’s—beta amyloid protein deposits and brain shrinkage—may show up decades in advance of a person actually showing concerning signs. “The preclinical (before symptoms start) state of the disease offers a window of opportunity for a timely disease-modifying intervention,” says Federoff.
Scans designed to spot plaque deposits and changes in brain size have already been developed, as well as a lumbar puncture test to identify potentially harmful proteins in a person’s spinal fluid. But Federoff and his team are the first to find an Alzheimer’s biomarker that can be detected via a simple blood test.
But biomarker analyses alone aren’t enough to make a confident Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Identifying the disease requires a series of tests, both biological and cognitive.
Even then, misdiagnoses are still common, as AgingCare Blogger and dementia patient, David Hilfiker, discusses in his article, “How is it Possible My Alzheimer’s Was Cured?”
Keeping Alzheimer‘s advances in perspective
Federoff says he and his colleagues are currently in the process of developing a clinical trial where the blood test will be used to identify those at-risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease so that they can be given an experimental therapy aimed at delaying or preventing the ailment.
He admits that, while this latest discovery signifies an important step towards the goal of finding a cure and/or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, it will likely be years before such a test can be used on a widespread scale.
Butter is one of those foods that can turn bland meals into masterpieces. But in the past few decades, it has been blamed for everything from obesity to heart disease. Recently, butter has been making a comeback as a “health food.” Here are 6 reasons why butter is good for you.
1. Butter is Rich in Fat-Soluble Vitamins
There are a lot of fat soluble vitamins in butter. This includes vitamins A, E and K2. I’m not going to make a big deal out of A and E. If you’re eating a healthy diet that includes animals and plants then you are probably getting enough of those already.
But I do want to talk a bit about Vitamin K2, which is fairly rare in the modern diet and many people don’t know about. Vitamin K2 can have powerful effects on health. It is intimately involved in calcium metabolism and a low intake has been associated with many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis (1, 2, 3). Dairy from grass-fed cows is particularly rich in Vitamin K2 (4).
2. Butter Contains a Lot of Healthy Saturated Fats
The “war” against saturated fat was based on bad science. It was never really proven that it caused any harm. In fact, recent studies suggest that there is no association at all between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease (5, 6).
Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL from small, dense (very bad) to Large LDL… which is benign (7, 8). Additionally, butter contains a decent amount of short and medium chain fats… which are are metabolized differently from other fats. They lead to improved satiety and increased fat burning (9, 10).
3. Butter Lowers Heart Attack Risk Compared to Margarine
Mainstream nutrition guidelines tend to backfire and have the opposite effect of what they were intended to do. A prime example of that is the recommendation to replace butter with margarine… which is something our beloved authorities have been telling us to do for a long time.
Well, what happened is that we replaced butter, a healthy food, with something containing highly processed trans fats… which are downright toxic and cause all sorts of diseases.
In the Framingham heart study, they examined the effects of butter and margarine on cardiovascular disease (11). Margarine significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, while butter had no effect. Another study revealed that high-fat dairy consumption reduced the risk of heart disease by a whopping 69 percent, most likely due to increased Vitamin K2 intake (12).
4. Butter is a Good Source of The Fatty Acid Butyrate
The 4-carbon fatty acid butyrate is created by bacteria in the colon when they are exposed to dietary fiber. This may be the main reason fiber has health benefits for humans.
But there is another good dietary source of butyrate… butter, which is about 3-4% butyrate. In fact, butyr-ate derives its name from butter. In rats, butyrate supplementation prevents weight gain on an unhealthy diet by increasing energy expenditure and reducing food intake. It also improves the function of mitochondria and lowers fasting triglycerides and insulin (13). In humans, butyrate is anti-inflammatory and has powerful protective effects on the digestive system (14, 15, 16, 17).
Butter, especially grass-fed, is a great source of a fatty acid called Conjugated Linoleic Acid. This fatty acid has powerful effects on metabolism and is actually sold commercially as a weight loss supplement. CLA has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well as lowering body fat percentage in humans (18, 19, 20). However, some studies on CLA show no effect on body composition (21).
6. Butter is Associated With a Lower Risk of Obesity
The nutrition authorities often recommend that we choose low-fat dairy products. That way, we can get the calcium we need without all those “bad” fats and calories. But despite the higher calorie content, eating high-fat dairy products is NOT associated with obesity.
In fact, a new review paper came out in 2012 that examined the effects of high-fat dairy consumption on obesity, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic disorders. They discovered that high-fat dairy did NOT increase risk of metabolic disease and was associated with a significantly reduced risk of
William, a retired teacher in Florida, U.S.A., received an e-mail he thought was from his internet service provider. The e-mail said that his billing information had been lost. William filled out the attached form and e-mailed it back. Unknown to him his personal data went to Shiva, a criminal in Queens, New York. The next day, Shiva used Williams’s credit card number to buy a photo ID printer on the internet. The e-mail William received was one of 100,000 Shiva had send out. Investigators say that about a hundred people responded and were duped. Please take the following steps and don’t be a victim…………..
1. Make sure your computer firewall is always turned on and your operating system, applications, and antivirus software are updated regularly.
2. Regularly back up your files, and store the copies safely.
3. Use common sense. Do not be quick to trust information on the internet, be tactful.
4. Do not be greedy. Beware of “free offers or web sites that sell products at extremely low prices. It could be phishing scam.
5. Beware of unsolicited e-mails or instant messages, especially if they contain links or ask for personal information, such as verification of a password.
6. Choose passwords that are difficult for others to guess. Change your internet password periodically, and do not use the same password for different accounts.
7. Provide your credit card or banking information only to reputable and secure web sites.
8. Make sure you type Web addresses accurately, especially for financial institutions. One spelling mistake might redirect you to fraudulent Wed sites.
9. Use encrypted connections to transmit sensitive data, such as credit card details, and log off the Web site when you have finished.
10. Review transactions on your credit card and bank statements carefully and frequently. As soon as you sport an unfamiliar transaction, contact the company immediately.
11. Be careful when using unsecured wireless (Wi-Fi) connections, as thieves can steal information and redirect you to fraudulent Web sites.
12. Say no to the question “Remember this password? Trojan programs can harvest your stored passwords.