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Hair Loss and Prostate Drugs Linked to Persistent Erectile Dysfunction in Men

A new study from Northwestern Medicine shows that men with longer exposure to male hormone blockers used for prostate enlargement have a higher risk of getting persistent erectile dysfunction. In the study, the condition persisted for months and even years after the drugs were stopped.

This highlights a concern I’ve had for a long time about prostate screenings and subsequent “treatments” should your levels be deemed too high. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is often recommended to men over 50 to screen for prostate cancer, with elevated levels being considered for biopsies and drug treatments.

But are PSA tests really necessary? First, let me say the PSA test in itself is not the problem; it’s what’s done with that information following the test that is concerning. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men — and statistics show that 70 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer have surgery within 48 hours of their diagnosis.

Conventional diagnosis and treatment include PSA testing, biopsy, surgery, drugs and radiation, even though there are other less invasive, safer ways to diagnose and treat prostate cancer. The PSA is an indicator of inflammation, and inflammation can be an indicator of health problems besides prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia or cancer. This is why some doctors now believe that a better test is a simple, annual digital rectal exam.

If you’re interested in alternative treatments, researchers have discovered a bioactive compound in the neem plant that appears to have potent ability to quell prostate cancer. Other strategies that can help prevent or treat prostate cancer include diet and nutritional support, exercise, avoiding endocrine-disrupting chemicals and more.
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