Shrink ENLARGED PROSTATE in 7 Easy Steps (2023 Update)
Welcome to my blog! I’m Dr. Ken Berry, a family physician with 20 years of clinical experience. Today, I want to discuss a common issue that affects millions of men worldwide – an enlarged prostate, also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
The Hormone You Didn’t Expect
Contrary to popular belief, the main hormone involved in 80% of prostate problems is not testosterone, DHT, or estrogen. It’s insulin. Yes, you read that right. Insulin, a hormone that plays a crucial role in regulating your blood sugar levels, can be a significant contributor to prostate enlargement.
The Role of Diet in Prostate Health
An improper diet can lead to a condition called hyperinsulinemia, characterized by high insulin levels. This condition can stimulate your prostate to grow and multiply, leading to an enlarged prostate and subsequent urinary problems.
Seven Steps to Reverse an Enlarged Prostate
To help you navigate this issue, I’ve outlined seven steps that can help reverse an enlarged prostate:
- Avoid all sugar in your diet: This includes both added and natural sugars. Consuming sugar spikes your blood glucose, leading to increased insulin levels.
- Avoid all grains: Grains, even whole grains, can spike your blood sugar, leading to hyperinsulinemia.
- Avoid all soy products unless they have been fermented: Soy is very estrogenic and can disrupt your hormone balance, contributing to prostate enlargement.
- Avoid any low-fat dairy product: Opt for full-fat dairy products instead. Some men may need to limit their dairy intake to high-fat choices like heavy cream, butter, and ghee.
- Avoid vegetable seed oils: These oils have an inappropriate omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, which can lead to inflammation, exacerbating prostate symptoms.
- Eat a low carbohydrate diet: A diet low in carbs, such as a ketogenic or carnivore diet, can help maintain low insulin levels.
- Practice intermittent fasting: Fasting for 14-18 hours a day can help reset your insulin levels, reducing the growth signal to your prostate.
Prescription Medications, Other Hormones, and Supplements
While prescription medications can alleviate symptoms, they do not address the root cause – chronic hyperinsulinemia. It’s essential to understand the role of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen in prostate health.
Supplements like saw palmetto, nettle roots, and pumpkin seed extract may also provide some relief. However, the primary focus should be on addressing the root cause – chronic hyperinsulinemia.
Remember, these changes won’t provide an overnight fix. It takes time for your body to adjust and for your prostate to return to its normal size. But with patience and consistency, you can alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and improve your overall health.
Dr. Ken Berry