Keeping the Prostate Healthy

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Dr. Aaron Katz encourages men to be proactive about prostate health and getting screening, paying attention to risk factors and taking supplements that may prevent prostate cancer.

Contributor(s): Katz, Aaron M.D.
Tags: cancer, mens health, prostate cancer, prostate health
Keeping the Prostate Healthy
Interview with Dr. Aaron Katz
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
September 18, 2007

Raena Morgan: Hi, I’m Raena Morgan with iHealthTube visiting with Dr. Aaron Katz. He wrote the book Prostate Health, and that’s what we’re focusing on. And, Dr. Katz I wanted to present a scenario where a man is 40 years old. He doesn’t have any symptoms but he comes in for a visit with you. What would you suggest to him to stay normal? I mean, his PSA is normal—what would you suggest?

Dr. Aaron Katz: Well, I think that’s a great question because we’re trying to be proactive in this country. And, we know this disease is so prevalent. So, we need to get these patients…these men in this country in earlier so that we can change the course and the direction of this type of a cancer because, as we mentioned, it is a major health concern in this country. So, for this particular man that comes in the first thing that we need to do, and again, we don’t always focus on the prostate and the bladder, we need to look at the whole body… Does he have other ailments that are going on because we can’t forget about the heart, which is the major killer in men right now? We also need to know—does he have a family history—which would put him at a higher risk of prostate cancer. Or, is he African American? But if he doesn’t have any of those high risk features and he’s a fairly healthy guy, he’s in good shape, he exercises regularly, which is something I like to ask my patients—are you active; what is your cholesterol level—making sure that he’s not overweight? Then I would implement some of the nutrients and supplements to try prevent him from having prostate conditions in his fifth and sixth and seventh decade of life, such as the compound we’re studying, which would be important—Zyflamend. There [are] other antioxidants that have been shown to be healthful in low doses like selenium, like lycopene, like pomegranate juice extract.

RM: Right.

AK: Green tea has been a wonderful antioxidant, and trying to maintain a healthy diet, organic foods, reducing red meats; it’s reducing fried foods, reducing the amount of sugars that we take into diet. I think all of those, as well as understanding what he does for a living, how much stress he’s under each day. Is he a guy that is working on Wall Street, that’s dealing with the stock market every day? Does he have any outlet to reduce that stress? Does he meditate? Does he do yoga? All of these, I think, are very important in incorporating lifestyle changes for these patients.

RM: So, that’s what it’s about. For him to stay normal—this man who’s 40 years old—who’s not at risk at this point—for him to stay normal—he has to really make lifestyle changes at 40?

AK: I think it’s very important. And, I think that’s when men get into the difficult time of their life. You know, in that 40 to early 50 range, they’re a little settled, maybe they’re married, have a few kids—that’s when they need to be more proactive.

RM: And, that’s what it’s all about—to stay normal you have to be proactive?

AK: Yes.

RM: So, you can’t just coast any longer, you’ve got to some decisive things?

AK: You do. You have to stay active. You have to be exercising a few times a week—aerobic exercising—running, swimming, biking, going to the gym, weight lifting and eating right. All of those things will, if….the most important thing for men…is their sexual function—all of those things—maintaining a good body mass index, not being overweight, maintaining good aerobic exercise—will not only keep your heart healthy, but will also keep your sexual function healthy.

RM: All right. Well, thank you very much Dr. Katz.

AK: Okay. Thank you.

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