Saturday, September 8, 2012

Derick's Question on PSA Levels

Derick wrote: "Dear MyAchingKnees, thanks for all the information on joints and supplements. I think I found you searching for 'degenerative diseases'. I may have used PSA since I was looking for articles on high PSA level and calculations (?) what people have been eating or taking for this. Derick".

Derrick, this is what one of the on-line medical journals say about Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).  PSA is present in small quantities in the serum of men with healthy prostates, but is often elevated in the presence of prostate cancer or other prostate disorders.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the PSA test for annual screening of prostate cancer in men of age 50 and older. PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) are a warning sign and further testing is advised .

It also sounds like you are asking what products people (men) take for prostate health.  Here is my story:
In 1993 I was involved in a car crash resulting in, among other things, a back injury. Since that day I have had urinary tract symptoms replicating a much older man with prostate issues....frequent urge to urinate, getting up in the middle of the night to urinate, and a weak stream of urine, etc.

In 2002 I took a medical exam for an insurance policy. Blood work showed that my PSA level was 3.5
In the next couple of years I again had blood work done and on subsequent lab reports my PSA levels were 3.8 and 3.9

In 2005 I started taking a pharmaceutical grade multi-mineral and anti-oxidant supplement. In 2006 and 2009 or 2010 my blood work showed my PSA level at 0.7 and 0.6 respectively. What I believe made the difference, the lowering of my PSA, is that the optimum level of quality nutrients I was providing my body. I took no other supplement but a high quality Glucosamine, and a Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplement as well.  But while my PSA levels went low, my prostate symptoms were not resolved. 

It was not until just a couple years ago that I started taking a prosate specific product. This product contains ingredients that most prostate supplements have,.... Saw Palmetto Extract - 320 mg; Lycopene - 5 mg: Soy Isolflavones - 25 mg, but is produced in a FDA certified lab with USP specifications for potency, uniformity, and disintegration. Since I started taking this prostate product my symptoms have gone away. I have no other reason than to believe it was this product that helped that.

Derick,..don't know what info you are looking for, but surely if you have a high PSA level, please go back to the doctor and get a more fuller exam.  I would advise you to be careful if you are prescribed any medication for problems relating to prostate issues.  Some of those are thought to have significant side effects.  Take charge of your health and be a informed consumer. 

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