Today we’re talking about men’s health and the prostate with Dr. Geo Espinoza. Whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s likely what we are talking about will impact your life.

My guest today is Dr. Geo Espinosa, a renowned naturopathic and functional medicine doctor recognized as an authority in urology and men’s health. Dr. Geo is the founder and director of the Integrative and Functional Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) and lectures internationally on the application of integrative urology in clinical settings.

He has been recognized as one of the top 10 Health Makers for Men’s Health by which was created by Dr. Oz and WebMD. Dr. Geo is the author of the new book: Thrive, Don’t Only Survive: Dr. Geo’s Guide to Living Your Best Life Before & After Prostate Cancer.

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men, so prostate cancer may impact your life more than you may realize. We discuss the similarities with breast cancer, and specific dietary factors, lifestyle factors, and supplements for prostate cancer prevention and co-management.

Topics discussed today include:

  • Why women should care about prostate cancer even though they don’t have a prostate
  • A male partner’s frequent urination and sexual dysfunction has an effect on both partners
  • One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Women are an integral part in helping a partner with dealing with a diagnosis
  • The prostate is located underneath a man’s bladder
  • The male urethra is located in the prostate, swelling can close the urethra
  • The purpose of the prostate is for procreation
  • Warning signs can be frequent urination, blood in urine, and erectile dysfunction
  • The importance of seeing a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor
  • Looking at the whole picture, and treating the cause instead of just the symptoms
  • Prostate cancer is the most common and second most deadly in men
  • Prostate cancer correlates with a first degree family member with prostate or breast cancer
  • Earlier screening is a good idea if a family member has had one of the above cancers
  • At age 50 bloodwork (Prostate Specific Antigen test) and an exam are a good idea
  • If diagnosed, there is time to make the correct treatment procedure. Don’t rush it.
  • See at least three doctors for treatment options and planning
  • Lifestyle changes are important, because conventionally treated prostate cancer has a 40% to 50% chance of coming back within 5 years.
  • Lifestyle changes need to happen within the family
  • Cancer’s are similar, so lifestyle changes to prevent prostate cancer also work for breast cancer
  • Eliminate refined carbs and simple sugars
  • Catalyst eating program – low glycemic foods, no refined carbs, some whole grains, blueberries, meat (not overcooked) grass-fed is best, quality fish, and all vegetables especially cooked cruciferous
  • No less than 3 hours a week of moderate intensity exercise
  • Helpful supplements include: Grape seed extract, circumen, green tea extract, vitamin D3 boswellia, pomegranite extract and selenium
  • Get adequate sleep 7-12 hours if possible
  • Spend 10 minutes on meditation or some form of mindfulness

Key Takeaways:

Being successful at beating cancer requires a team. From a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor to supportive family members, having a well informed and thought out plan for treatment and lifestyle changes is the key to success. Diet, exercise, sleep and mental state all contribute to the effectiveness of cancer treatment and prevention.

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