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From benign enlargement to cancer, prostate problems will affect the majority of men at some point in their lives. WebMD's Sheldon Marks, MD, dscussed the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options on July 7, 2005.
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I think an intelligent diet, avoiding high-fat beef and high-fat dairy has been shown to be beneficial, a diet high in antioxidant fruits and vegetables which are basically colorful fruits and vegetables, the less cooked the better -- these have been shown to be very helpful. There are some supplements such as pygeum africanum and saw palmetto that have been shown to have some benefits. And staying in close contact with your regular physician to be sure if a problem develops you identify it and treat it early rather than waiting until it develops into a more serious problem later on.
If the man is in a high-risk category -- if he's African-American or has a family history of prostate cancer, then those tests should probably begin starting at age 40 and continue on an annual basis.
So yes, it's reasonable to start changing the medicines around to find out if one is causing the problem. Often they do, but it's also important to be aware that there could be something else and to just get a baseline workup that usually includes evaluating the liver, the kidney function as well as thyroid function, probably a testosterone and estrogen level, and in addition to that, probably some form of evaluation of the blood vessels in the body, especially the coronary arteries that provide the blood and nutrition to the heart muscle.
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