You've likely heard the expression "robbing Peter to pay Paul." In my opinion, this is what many prescription drugs do. They might relieve one concern, but they often do so by robbing your health in other areas. It often takes a long time for the voice of reason (and research) to drown out the claims of the pharmaceutical companies. But I'm always relieved when it does. That's what's beginning to happen with a commonly prescribed drug used to treat an enlarged prostate condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
As you may know, I recommend a natural approach to treating prostate issues. But many doctors prefer to just give you a drug. Unfortunately, if that drug is Avodart (Dutsteride), they're giving you a lot more than prostate relief. You're likely getting a side of diabetes risk, elevated cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and worsening erectile dysfunction along with it.
It's true that Avodart will reduce prostate volume, which can help improve the urinary function issues that often accompany an enlarged prostate. But it also raises blood sugar, A1C, and blood lipids. Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine identified these issues after following a group of men who had been prescribed Avodart for over three years. They published their findings in Hormones Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigations and indicated that doctors need to discuss these potentially serious side effects with their patients before prescribing them Avodart.
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I think there are better ways to treat prostate issues, whether you're worried about urinary function, prostate enlargement, or even prostate cancer. One of my favorite nutrients is called diindolylmethane, or DIM. It's found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, which have been linked to lower incidences of prostate cancers and other issues. Men who develop prostate cancer often have very low levels of DIM. So taking it in supplement form can be a powerful preventative.
For prostate size, I like saw palmetto. People have been using it for over 200 years to help keep the prostate from becoming enlarged.
If it's urinary function you're concerned about, Swedish flower pollen extract helps tone the urethra and bladder to improve control, flow, and emptying.
Of course, if you're worried about one aspect of prostate health, you're probably worried about them all. If that's you, I have good news: you can get all of these nutrients and more in one simple formula. It's called Advanced Prostate Formula, and it will do just that: support your prostate, help you avoid cancer, and improve urinary function through the nutrients I mentioned above and other vitamins and antioxidants. You know what it won't do? Increase your risk of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, or NAFLD. You'll have to get a prescription for that.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD