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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and High Insulin

A study from Sweden showsedthat having high levels of insulin may cause an enlarged prostate.

When a man has to stand for long time before he can start urinating, he is usually diagnosed as having Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, which means that his prostate gland is so large that it squeezes his urinary tube and blocks the flow of urine from his bladder to the outside. Doctors don't have the foggiest idea what causes BPH, but they continue to cut out or burn prostates, even though the surgery often causes men to become incontinent, impotent, ejaculate backwards into the bladder, or have prostate infections.

This study shows that the prostate enlarges much faster in men with high blood insulin, high blood cholesterol, lower blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity. All these conditions increase your risk for a heart attack. If future studies support this one, you can protect your prostate by eating a plant-based diet; restricting refined carbohydrates such as bakery products, pastas, sugar-added foods, and sugared drinks including fruit juices; and checking to see if you have diabetes.

More on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Hyperinsulinaemia as a risk factor for developing benign prostatic hyperplasia. European Urology, 2001, Vol 39, Iss 2, pp 151-158. J Hammarsten, B Hogstedt. Address Hammarsten J, Varberg Hosp, Dept Surg, Urol Sect, S-43281 Varberg, SWEDEN.

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May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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