When it comes to prostate health, men are often given advice that is similar to telling someone to use a sledgehammer to drive a small nail into a wall.
It’s a sad fact that once men reach middle-age, many are men are diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. As always, the mainstream’s solution is to hand out a commonly prescribed and powerful prescription drug, called Avodart (dutasteride). And it turns out that this drug could do much more harm than good.
Trapped in a hamster wheel
According to nutritionist, Martin Hum, Avodart can do serious harm to your health… especially if are also suffering diabetes.
Martin explains that it is common for men’s prostate glands to get larger as they age, interfering with the flow of urine and causing discomfort and distress. Along with advancing age, having high blood sugar and being overweight could also accelerate prostate growth.
So if you are suffering with both diabetes and BHP and you’re taking Avodart, you could end up suffering with some of its nasty side effects: worsening blood sugar control, raised cholesterol, fatty liver disease and erectile dysfunction.
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine studied 460 men with BPH, half of whom were taking Avodart and half another drug (tamsulosin). Regular blood tests over a three-year period showed that, compared with tamsulosin, Avodart was linked with higher blood sugar, higher cholesterol levels and worsening liver function.
The men taking Avodart also had lower testosterone levels, greater incidence of erectile dysfunction and a poorer quality of life.
Talk about being trapped in a hamster wheel!
BPH is a condition that can make life a misery, but taking Avodart to treat it seems to be simply swapping one set of problems for another, particularly for men with diabetes. Several natural, plant-based products have been shown to help relieve BPH symptoms, without risky side-effects. Among the most promising are:
- Saw palmetto
- Pygeum africanum bark extract
- Ryegrass pollen
- Pumpkin seed extract
- Stinging nettle root
If you are taking diabetes medication, talk to your doctor before starting any of these supplements and check your blood sugar more regularly than usual while using them – you might find you need less medication!
Here’s to your good health,
For The Daily Health
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