PSA

Is Your PSA Level Dangerously High? This Is Why

PSA stands for “prostate-specific antigen.” It is a protein produced by prostate cells. Prostate cancer cells also produce PSA. It’s quite normal to have a small amount of PSA in your blood.

But as you get older, the amount rises, and your prostate gets bigger. A raised PSA level is not always a medical concern but may suggest a problem with your prostate.

The PSA Test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. It is used as a means of early detection of prostate health problems.


For more information on the function and purpose of the prostate gland click here.


What is a high PSA level?

The PSA test alone can’t diagnose any disease. As discussed, elevated PSA levels do not always mean that you have prostate cancer or any other prostate problem.

Many factors can affect your PSA levels so that the doctor won’t consider your PSA level on its own.

There is no specific normal or abnormal level of PSA. Factors such as age and ethnicity make it hard for researchers to establish a normal range.

However, most doctors consider PSA levels of 4.0 ng/ml as high and would often recommend a prostate biopsy. One study shows that men with this level of PSA often have prostate cancer.

Low PSA levels also don’t always mean that you don’t have prostate cancer. Studies show that some men with a PSA below 4.0 ng/ml do have prostate cancer.

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What causes a high PSA?

Let’s go into a bit more detail about the reasons why some men have a high PSA level.

1) Enlarged prostate

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is not prostate cancer. It simply means that your prostate gland is larger than usual. In this case, there are more cells in the prostate gland. And there are more cells that produce PSA.

BPH is also the most common prostate problem in older men. While it is not fully understood, experts say that this might be caused by changes in hormone balance and cell growth.

Regardless, there are risk factors for having an enlarged prostate:

  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Ethnic background
  • Obesity

Some studies also claim that diabetes and heart disease also increase the risk of BPH.

BPH may not need to be treated unless it is causing problems with your urination. Some men go to the toilet more frequently, while some find it hard to pass urine.

In some cases, BPH may cause the bladder to be blocked, which leads to retention of urine, bladder infections, and kidney damage.

In these cases, doctors recommend invasive surgery along with medications that control inflammation and infection.

2) Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. Unlike cancer and enlarged prostate, it is often caused by common strains of bacteria.

As microbes enter the urethra, they can travel upwards and spread to the prostate if left untreated

An inflamed prostate caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics. Once they are killed, the inflammation usually subsides, and your prostate gland eventually heals. However, prostatitis can be long-term and recurring. In this case, it might take more time and effort to treat it.

Nerve damage in the urinary tract might also cause an inflamed prostate. This can be caused by surgery or trauma to the area. HIV/AIDS, catheters, and biopsies can also cause prostate inflammation.

But compared to prostate cancer, prostatitis is more common and treated more easily.

3) Recent sexual activity

Sex can also raise your PSA level. Studies show that frequent sexual activity or a recent ejaculation can cause a mild increase in PSA.

How this works is not fully understood, but high PSA levels due to recent sexual activity are not a big deal. In these cases, PSA levels usually return to normal in two to three days.

This is why men are advised not to ejaculate for 48 hours before a PSA test. It makes a false-positive result. The semen released causes PSA levels to rise temporarily.

However, one study claims that high PSA levels resulting from recent sexual activity must be checked if the PSA value is borderline (baseline PSA).

In this case, the effect of sexual activity on PSA levels may be clinically relevant, and PSA levels should be evaluated 24 hours after ejaculation.

4) Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Urinary tract infections irritate and inflame prostate cells. As a result, it could cause PSA levels to go up.

Microbes that entered your urinary tract causes UTIs. In some cases, the invading bacteria spread to the ureters, bladder, and prostate gland.

In case high PSA levels are caused by UTIs, your doctor can quickly rule this out with a simple urine test. And unlike other cases, UTIs can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

Also, if you’re diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, you have to wait until after the infection has cleared up before you have a PSA test.

Does an elevated PSA level mean you have prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer CAN cause PSA levels to rise. Traditionally, medical experts recommended prostate cancer screening to detect, monitor, and treat the condition.

Now, screening is reserved for patients with urinary signs or symptoms, and family history of prostate cancer

It involves a series of PSA tests, rectal exams and imaging tests like ultrasound, and cystoscopy in cases of urinary obstruction.

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) found that men with a PSA rate of change (PSA velocity) greater than 0.75 ng/mL/year were at increased risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and that PSA velocity was more specific than a 4.0 ng/mL PSA cutoff (90 versus 60 percent specificity) [68].

To confirm prostate cancer, however, a doctor will normally recommend a biopsy. The procedure involves multiple samples of prostate tissue that are collected by inserting hollow needles into the gland and then withdrawing them. This is the definitive test to see if there are tumors and if they are cancerous.

However, there is overwhelming evidence that proves that screening for prostate cancer is more harmful than beneficial when patients are not adequately selected and unnecessary biopsies are performed

What is the controversy surrounding PSA screening?

Using the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer may help to detect small tumors. But many of these tumors do not cause symptoms and will grow so slowly that they are unlikely to be life-threatening.

Overtreatment exposes us to potential complications and adverse effects. These include the inability to control urine flow, and loss of erections.

Another controversy surrounding prostate cancer screening, using the PSA test, is that it may give false-positive or false-negative results for prostate cancer. What that means is you may have an elevated PSA level, but no cancer is actually present.

A false-positive test result will only cause anxiety for you and your family and might lead to unnecessary medical procedures.

One study reveals that only about 25 percent of men who have a biopsy due to a high PSA level have prostate cancer. Consider this before the doctor opens up your prostate.

A false-negative PSA test result can also occur. PSA levels can be low even though you actually have prostate cancer. False-negative test results may give you false assurance.

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So to sum up:

  • High PSA levels do not always mean that you have prostate cancer.
  • There are many factors to consider, along with your family history, to see how likely you are to have cancer.
  • And if your doctor recommends that you have a biopsy, you need to know all the risk factors involved.

How are researchers trying to improve PSA screening?

Percent-free PSA

PSA occurs in 2 major forms in the blood. One form is attached to blood proteins, while the other circulates (unattached).

This is known as free PSA. The percent-free PSA is the ratio of how much PSA circulates free compared to the total PSA level.

This test is usually used if your PSA results are borderline/ baseline (for example; between 4 and 20), to help a doctor decide whether to administer a biopsy.

The percentage of free PSA is lower in men who have prostate cancer than men who do not.

Many doctors recommend biopsies for men whose percent-free PSA is 10% or less, and advise that men consider a biopsy if it is between 10% and 25%. However, but not all doctors agree that 25% is the best cutoff point to decide on a biopsy.

Complexed PSA

This test directly measures the amount of PSA that is bound to other proteins. This test could be done instead of checking the total and free PSA. It is still being studied to determine if it would provide the same level of accuracy.  

PSA velocity

PSA velocity measures how fast PSA levels have risen over a period of time. PSA tends to increase as men age.

But a rapid rise in PSA may indicate the presence of cancer or possibly an aggressive form of cancer. However, recent studies have questioned the value of PSA velocity in predicting a finding of prostate cancer from a biopsy.

PSA density

PSA levels are higher in men with larger prostate glands. The doctor measures the volume (size) of the prostate gland and divides the PSA number by the prostate volume.

A higher PSA density may signify a greater likelihood of cancer. PSA density is not as useful as the percent-free PSA test.  Measuring PSA density generally requires an MRI or transrectal ultrasound.

Another critical screening test is a DRE (Digital rectal exam). In this procedure, the doctor or nurse feels your prostate through the wall of the rectum by sliding a finger gently into your anus. This is done to feel for any hard or lumpy areas in your prostate and to get an idea of its size.

PSA doubling time

PSA doubling reflects the tumor growth, so the doubling time should reflect the time it takes for the number of tumor cells to double.

If I choose PSA testing, what are the next steps if you have a raised PSA level?

Instead of quickly jumping to surgery and drugs for a solution, there is another option: active surveillance.

Active surveillance is a non-invasive approach to prostate cancer treatment.

Active surveillance is the better option if your cancer shows all signs of being the “good” kind, i.e. slow-growing, low volume, and not aggressive. In this case, you can treat it without drugs, radiation, or surgery.

A benefit of monitoring low-risk cancer is that you might avoid having unnecessary surgery.

In fact, one study of men undergoing active surveillance found that, 15 years later, less than 1% of men developed metastatic disease. There are also other natural ways to treat prostate cancer.

Watchful waiting is also another option. Watchful waiting is usually used by men experiencing other health problems, who may be unable to handle surgery or radiotherapy.

It involves fewer tests than active surveillance and is less intensive, more often than not taking place at the GP surgery than a hospital.

If you do have treatment in the future, it will aim to control the cancer and manage any symptoms, rather than to cure it.


For more information on active surveillance click here.


Conclusion

The main point is this: prostate cancer, when caught early, can be treated. PSA levels rise, but it doesn’t confirm that you have prostate cancer.

Before you undergo prostate cancer screening, ask your doctor about the risks. Do your own research and get a second opinion.

There are many causes of a high PSA: an enlarged prostate, prostate inflammation, infection, and recent sexual activity. Therefore a PSA test is not an accurate indicator of prostate cancer.

But it’s still a good first step to take.

Doing so will help you determine the cause of your prostate problem, along with the right way to resolve it.

What was your PSA level the last time you checked? What are you doing about it now to get it down? Share your thoughts with us below and I’ll give you some advice!


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  1. Ray Satterwhite

    I had a blood sample not a rectal….The PSA is 5.8….I pee a lot but it is a rapid flow….I don’t struggle to get the pee out….

  2. Gregory A Walsh

    I have a history of BPH since my mid 20’s. Now 67. PSA was around 3.8 for years. Recently went up to 9. Currently treating with a course of antibiotics. Will test again later. My Dr. Wanted to schedule a biopsy ASAP. Last year my Doc. Wanted me to have a Cytopsy because of microscopic blood in urine test. Declined that too. Seems to me geriatric medecine is big business. Just mention cancer and fear sets in,..then they push very expensive exploratory surgeries before you have a chance to think. I’ll def. go the holistic route first. I had two DRE that checked out just fine, no nodules or hard spots. Just some swelling. Joined an on line forum and the blogs are filled with nightmare stories about over treatments. One guy had aggressive cancer,refused conventional treatment. Eleven years later he feels fine. Just treated Wholistically

  3. Mike Macbeth

    I have been diagnosed with BPH, I have a PSA of 12, and have had an MRI which reveled a lesion on the Apex of the Prostate. I have declined a biopsy so far. I am taking Ben’s Prostate Power and Ben’ s Prostate Healer for just approaching 2 months now…..i sleep through the night now….always…..and feel terrific. sex drive is strong and erections are solid. I’m 65 years of age….my question is, can I continue to take these Ben’s supplements for ever or should I take a break after a period of use.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Mike, thanks for getting in touch with us.

      You are quite right in resisting your doctor’s attempts of pushing a biopsy on you. There are other, far safer ways of ascertaining the aggression of cancer. You should have another MRI scan in a couple of months’ time so as to compare the results and plot growth if there is any. The MRI Scan will allow you to get a snapshot of your prostate in high definition. That way you can identify any lesions, or see if it’s just BPH. It’s a completely non-invasive way to determine aggression/growth.

      In the meantime, I would advise taking our product Total Health Advanced, designed to aid with combatting an enlarged prostate as well as slow down and mitigate the growth of cancer cells. If you find that our other products, Prostate Healer and Prostate Power, are helping you then by all means proceed as you were. But you should strongly consider adding Total Health Advanced to the mix as it is explicitly designed to help men who suffer from Prostate Cancer, whereas the other products are not.

      In terms of how long you should be taking our supplements, we advise you take them for as long as you would like to maintain optimal prostate health, and for as long as you are suffering from Prostate Cancer.

      Please give us a call on 1-888-868-3554 to speak with a member of our customer service team who can provide you with more detailed advice.

      Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  4. Gary Stamper

    When I started Taking Prostate Healer more than 6 months ago, my prostate weighed 170 grams (via MRI) and my PSA was at about 13. In addition, I was up 4-5 times nightly to urinate. After 3 months on Prostate Healer, (also through diet and exercise) I was usually up only once a night. I then switched to Total Health for 3 months, and upon retesting, my prostate had shrunk to 113 grams and my PSA had dropped to 10.1. My urologist was shocked and wanted to know what I was doing so I told him. He remains skeptical but at least he listens, and could not respond to my question, “what else could it be?” I’m also loving the changes in my body from weightlifting. I do love your products, but they are so expensive.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Gary, we are so happy to hear of your positive experience with our products. As for your comments on price, we work very hard to make each product as affordable as possible. We do everything we can, except compromise on quality or efficacy, that is what makes our supplements expensive. We do run numerous promotions throughout the year and offer special discounts for veterans as well as multi-buy discounts and auto-order discounts. If you are unsure if we are running a promotion, or if you might be able to get a better price then the best thing to do is to call our customer support line on 1-888-868-3554. Thank you again for your great feedback and if you have any questions or require further assistance please get in touch. Wishing you food health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  5. JOHN

    I am 79 years old,my PSA level was 8.3 a few months ago. Many years ago a Dr. told me I had an enlarged bladder but it was nothing to be concerned about that I just would not be able to empty at one time. Is there anything I could do because I will not go for a biopsy.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us.

      We definitely have something that will assist with lowering your PSA level and shrink the size of your prostate. Our product, Total Health for the Prostate, is designed to help with this very problem.

      If you are worried you have an undiagnosed lesion in your prostate area, you have recourse for a whole host of non invasive diagnostic procedures. The most effective is having an MRI scan, but you can also speak with your doctor about having a PCA-3 test, a Digital Rectal Exam or further PSA tests.

      Please speak with a member of our customer service team on 1-888-868-3554 to get expert advice on our products and how they can help you.

      Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team

  6. Charles Mcgorray

    Raising PSA

  7. Charles McGorray

    Trying again. My PSA raised from 5.4 to 5.9 over two years. Brief history: 68 years young, 3 previous biopsy sessions with a total of 53 samples taken ( last biopsy was 5-6 years ago), no cancer found. In 1981 I had a TURP due to a severe infection. Lots of heat from motorcycle riding and some dehydration issues. Recent MRI which showed something “suspicious “, the same thing they said before the three biopsies. Doc recommended another biopsy. I said no. Somewhat restricted urine flow. Usually get up once a night, sometimes I sleep through the night. I’m almost done with my first month of Prostate Healer (liquid) and Prostate Power. Haven’t seen much improvement yet. Any suggestions?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Charles, thanks for getting in touch. It may be best to discuss this in further detail with our customer support team. You can get in touch with them via our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK. The Ben’s Natural Health Team

  8. Harold Lerner

    Do I have to take all three products at the same time to receive the benefits or can I take prostate Healer in the morning and the other two later in the day?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Harold, for maximum effect take the program as follows: All 6 Total Health veggie caps should be taken with your first meal of the day. 1 veggie capsule of Prostate Power should be taken with each of your main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). A 10ml dose of Prostate Healer Tincture should be taken with your last meal of the day. If you have any further questions regarding the program, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist. You can also check out our FAQ page which answers commonly asked questions about the program. https://www.bensnaturalhealth.com/health-products/bens-prostate-health-program.html#attr-info-2. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  9. Jim Medina

    My PSA was 3.9 up from 3.6 4 months ago. My doctor wanted me to start 3 weeks of antibiotics but i opted to start taking Total Health for the prostate and changing my diet. I’ve read the book All about the prostate, makes since to me, so I’m trying this first.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Jim, thanks for getting in touch. We are glad to hear that you are making healthy changes to your diet. Small tweaks to your diet or lifestyle can help finally get the results that you want.

      Make sure your diet is rich in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Research shows that a plant-based diet along with physical exercise can help shrink the prostate. Tomato intake, in particular, is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer and improved urinary symptoms. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene (it’s a pigment that gives the tomato its red color). Lycopene has antioxidant effects that may help protect the prostate. Consuming 30 mg of lycopene through tomato-based foods decreases PSA.

      It is very important that you maintain adequate levels of physical activity throughout the whole year very important. Research shows that men who exercise frequently are far less likely to develop BPH or prostate cancer.

      Physical activity also helps to maintain a healthy body weight, which is very important because excess body weight increases oestrogen and inflammation, which contribute to prostate diseases. Research also shows a correlation between increases in body weight and an increase in prostate size. Furthermore, the supplement is less effective in men with excess body weight, so it is highly important to maintain healthy body weight.

      It is recommended that we undertake 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week either in the form of brisk walking, running, cycling or swimming. Two resistance training sessions should also be conducted weekly. Resistance training will increase muscle mass and help reduce excess body weight. This will also help to boost your levels of testosterone. Sedentary time should be limited to no longer than 1 hour. If possible every 30 minutes stand up and make some sort of movement for a minute or so. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this in further detail, please get in touch with our team via our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK, so that we can discuss this in further detail. Thanks, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  10. Tom LaFave

    Recently had visual blood in urine, had ultrasound on kidneys and scope into bladder and everything was ok. Psa jumped from 3.3 to 5.5, going back to urologist in February. Was given antibiotics and experiencing hot scrotum, fear on what to do next?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Tom, can I ask what you were prescribed the antibiotics for? In the case of a prostate infection, this would cause a PSA increase. It may be best to get in touch with our team via our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK to discuss this in more detail. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  11. Don

    I have a high PSA, which of these products would you recommend me taking ? I can’t afford all of them so which one ? Thanks !

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Don, thanks for getting in touch. It would really depend on what is causing the rise in PSA. It could be BPH or prostatitis, but there are a number of underlying issues that can cause a jump. It would be best to get in touch with our team via our toll free number so that they discuss this in more detail. You can contact us on our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  12. Gary

    My PSA Level has been reduced in the last 2 years from 11.1 to 5.7. I am extremely happy using Total Health Advanced

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Gary, thank you so much for your feedback. Very happy to hear that you have experienced such a significant improvement! Please keep us updated on your progress and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  13. James Colburn

    PSA level at my last annual physical was 24. I had an MRI one year prior to this which did not indicate any cancer. I have resisted suggestions that I get a biopsy. I take all of your supplements. I have no other symptoms and no history of prostate cancer in my family

  14. Raymond Soto

    I was diagnosed 5 years ago with a low grade of prostate cancer. I actually did the biopsy in which 3 of my 12 samples came back positive for cancer with a Gleason score of 6. This of course scared me. I did the biopsy because I didn’t know any better and took my doctor’s word that I needed one. My previous 5 years of annual PSA Test averaged around 2.7. The following year came around and it was 4.4. My Kaiser Doc explained that was a big jump and needs further exploration from a urologist.
    The urologist explained the many options of how to move forward. He explained treatments and “active surveillance” to me. I was of course curious and began my research that day. During that search is when I came across Bens Prostate page and products. I learned quickly that I probably should not have done the biopsy, but luckily I recovered fine and at least confirmed I had prostate cancer. None the less, I was anxious about the diagnosis and researched what ever I could find. I didn’t want to just believe Ben so I looked else where too, but low and behold, I kept seeing the same themes about how most men are over treating their prostate problems and making things worse. I know Ben has something to sell us, but his research and products make a lot of sense if you compare it to others. None the less, I have had great success with his products and diet suggestions. I swear, within 3 weeks of turning to a more plant based diet, taking “Total Health For the Prostate” and “Prostate Power” at full doses, my issues of frequent urination went away. I literally thought that getting up 4 or 5 times a night to pee was just going to be a way of life as I aged. Now I get up once and maybe twice here and there……….and I still drink lots of water.
    Now I think I should give you some background so that maybe you’ll learn from my mistakes and successes. Im about to turn 61 and was diagnosed at 55 years old. I have been a competitive bodybuilder since my early 20’s. At age 52, I became a powerlifter because it was getting tough to compete against those younger physiques and the 50 year old class was being phased out. I still compete and have set records for my age group and weight class (82.5 kilo or 181 lb class).
    Throughout my lifting career, I ate tons of red meat, chicken and drank gallons of milk. I did this for the protein and bought the cheap commercial stuff because that’s what I could afford and I wanted to win. I had no idea I was ruining my prostate health by ingesting all those hormones, antibiotics, nitrites, etc. I did this for years. The only reason I didn’t do steroids was because I was a policeman for 30 years and would have been fired if I would have been caught with that stuff. But as soon as I got diagnosed and changed to plant based eating (including plant protein and organic eggs) significant health changes occurred immediately. Normal weight went from 195 down to 180. Blood pressure dropped from 138/85 to 125/68. Cholesterol came down from 195 to 125. Ben talks about lessening the inflammation in your body by not eating certain inflammatory foods. I did that and the results have been remarkable. I train very hard and heavy to compete. Pre diagnoses, I was always sore. I always ached here and there. I have a minor tear in my left meniscus and of course, had to pee often. Once I started on Ben’s products and changed my diet, all those problems lessened significantly or completely. Not that I thought I had a problem, but even sex with my beautiful gorgeous wife has more energy. Holy crap!! I should have been doing this years ago! My frequent urination started around 45 years old. I thought it was because I drank a lot of water for my training reasons.
    Here is the lesson guys. I thought I was eating healthy and training like a champ, but I was woefully wrong. All that commercially raised red meat, chicken and dairy was literally killing me slowly. I’m glad I found my cancer early so that I can at least fight with Bens products and eating a more plant based diet. I also make sure I sleep well and take time to just sit and meditate about how I will beat this. Your attitude is so important so please gents, make it a point to be well for yourself and your loved ones. And if you think you are just going to buy Bens products and not make those life changes, you will most likely fail and wind up under the knife. Now I know that I am on the extreme side of the spectrum with competitive training and dieting, but it will work for you with moderate exercise. The diet is key though. Ask any competitive bodybuilder or weightlifter and they will always look back to their diet for a the win or loss before passing judgement on their gym time.
    The diet and life change for me was not that hard for me because I was already kind of doing it. Other than eating the wrong things, I pretty much lived a clean life. I drank alcoholic drinks little if any. Didn’t do any drugs, didn’t smoke and always kept my weight in check (Yes, Ray was and still is a “square”) For those of you who never exercised, dieted or lived cleaned, this life change can be a daunting task. I have seen it myself. I have personally taken 2 friends with diagnosed prostate cancer (Gleason Scores of 6) by the hand and showed them how to make life changes. Both were in their late 50’s with moderately active lives and about 40 lbs overweight. I took them to the store. I showed them what I buy and eat. I then should them in their own kitchens how to prepare and make many different kinds of healthy plant based meals. They started out ok for weeks, but then started to waiver and went back to the easy frozen dinners, fast foods, sweets and occasional beer and wine drinking. Soon, their PSA’s kept rising well into the teens (I’m still down in the 5’s and 7’s). Soon their doctors were pressuring them to remove their prostates or else. They both decided to have the robotic surgery. They each did it about 4 months apart.
    Their surgeries are about 2 years old. Their quality of life has certainly changed. Both are still impotent and have to wear a pad because of occasional urine leaks. Especially when they cough, sneeze, strain or laugh too hard. They are both glad to have 0 PSA scores and the prostate cancer gone, but they fully admit they are not able to get full erections just yet. Now, I can’t say for sure that clean living, eating and Bens products would have prevented this for my friends, but now they wish they would have tried harder.
    My point here guys is this. Making life changes to clean healthy living is not easy. Especially if you have never really lived it. Yes, you are going to have to learn how to cook. Yes, you are going to have to shop almost everyday for fresh food, Yes, you will spend hours in the kitchen preparing, eating and cleaning. Yes, you are going to eat broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, kale, berries, apples, oranges, bananas, certain nuts, seeds and many other foods like that. And yes, it is for the rest of your life. And no! It is not an all or nothing game. You can still have your favorite sweets, fast food, cheese burgers, tacos, red meat (make sure it is grass fed), liquor, beer, but it will be very limited. Moderation is key. Hell! I do it. For me, I gotta live every now and then. But like I said, very rarely does that happen and nothing bad has happen…….yet.
    So guys. Before you decide to just throw in the towel and have the surgery, educate yourselves and do the research. Ben has done a lot of it for you. Make an informed decision no matter what you do. You do not have to be afraid. Prostate cancer can be managed, but it will take work. Supplements alone will not help you. You have to make that LIFE change. Trust me, it does work. You’ll feel better, you’ll look better, you’ll sleep better, you’ll love better and you’ll just plain be better. Prostate cancer does not have to be a death sentence guys. You can get better. So make a choice. Get busy living or get busy dying.

  15. Karl Ginter

    I recently started a blood pressure medication — 25mg Hydrochlorot each day to bring my blood pressure down. It was 152/95,..now is 128/80. I take the Total Health Advanced, Prostate Healer, and Beta Glucan supplements to good effect. How will this blood pressure medication impact my PSA readings (which have hovered between 4.2 and 4.8 for the past 7 years)? Thanks.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Karl,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us.

      Blood pressure medication does not have an impact on PSA reading, and there should be no interactions between these medications and our supplements. As a precautionary measure, it is always worth discussing this with your doctor or physician.

      I hope this answer provides you with the information you were looking for. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to advise or assist you on this matter, placing an order or your prostate health more generally.

      Wishing you good health,

      The Ben’s Natural Health Team

  16. Randy Shue

    I’ve never had a high PSA in the past, but in Aug. 2019 my PSA was over 65 and in Dec. 2020 it was over 75. The doctor is presuming aggressive prostate cancer and is sending me to a Urologist. However, I do NOT feel a peace about getting a prostate biopsy. I am 62 years old and am battling other long term health issues and don’t need the additional possibly negative “side effects” of a biopsy. Any suggestions?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Randy,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us.

      You are quite right in your attempts to reject your physician’s advance of a prostate biopsy. There are far more safe options for non invasively diagnosing potential prostate cancers. Your first port of call should be to have a PCA-3 test conducted. This is merely a urine test which proceeds a Digital Rectal Exam. Your urine will show whether there are any prostate cancer cells present and will give you cause for further examination should the results prove positive.

      Should this be the case, you should enquire into getting an MRI scan on a Tesla-3 machine. This will give you a clear indication of any lesion, where it is present and how large it is.

      I hope this answer provides you with the information you were looking for. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to advise or assist you on this matter, placing an order or your prostate health more generally.

      The Ben’s Natural Health Team

  17. Don

    Thanks so much for sharing your stories and what is working for your particular cases. I have a PSA of 4 and was wondering how to attack it. Sounds like the Bens Total Health is the for me to go. Thanks again for sharing your amazing stories and how you are fighting back !!!!

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Don, thank you so much for your great feedback! It is much appreciated. Keep us updated on your progress and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch with our team. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  18. jonathan

    for the past few years, my PSA has always been in the 9.5 to 11 range, and that is after two years of taking Total Health, Prostate Healer and Prostate Power for more than two years. I have had a biopsy that was negative for cancer but showed some high grade PIN. In spite of the supplements, I do urinate several times during the night and my flow is somewhat restricted. My prostate is well over 100 grams but I figure if it stays this way and doesn’t get any worse, I can deal with it. Any suggestions on how it could improve given the fact I have already been using all of your prostate supplements for several years?

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Jonathan, thanks for getting in touch. In terms of urinary symptoms it is best to try to avoid drinking anything after 5:30pm, as well as trying to have more fat in your evening meal. Fundamentally, the issue is the size of your prostate. At 100g it will be impinging on your bladder, and until you can get that down, you’ll probably still experience these issues. We would also suggest something like the keto diet, see if you can have a faster impact
      and just a small amount of activity – walking/swimming, would also potentially help. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please feel free to get in touch with our team who will be happy to help. You can reach us via [email protected]. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  19. David Johnson

    10/1/15 5/27/16 9/23/16 12/28/16 4/28/17 7/6/17 4/24/18 10/16/18 5/28/19 2/26/20
    PSA Total
    0.00 – 4.00 ng/mL
    4.85 5.12 4.51 4.66 5.00 5.59 7.03 8.54 6.33 9.52
    Posted are my readings of my PSA while still under Active Surveillance and have gone through biopsies and MRI. Doctors wants me to do Surgery on the Prostate but i want to continue on the Active Surveillance method , so what do you think i should do with this Non Aggressive Cancer of the Prostate.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi David, thanks for getting in touch. It may be best to discuss this in further detail with one of our team over the phone. You can get in touch via our toll free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK. Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  20. John Benesch

    My recent PSA was 26. Did an MRI that showed stuff on my prostate. Just did a biopsy last week and waiting for the lab results on 1 July 2020.

    • Jerom Antipolo

      Hi John! If there is anything else we can help, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 1-888-868-3554 to speak with a member of our customer service team.

      Wishing you good health,
      The Ben’s Natural Health Team

  21. James Dawson

    Last checked it was 35. For the last 7 years it has ranged from 14 – 25. I have had 3 biopsies, they all were benign. Recently I had my annual check up and my PSA had gone to 35. I am currently preparing for a biopsy after having an MRI.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi James, I am sorry to hear about your rising PSA and I would suggest that you line up for an MRI in 90 days rather than taking multiple biopsies which can do you more harm than good. If you line up an MRI for 90 days time, you will be able to ascertain the rate of growth, if any. That will allow you to act accordingly. MRI will give a high resolution 3D image of your prostate and any specialist can determine if there’s growth or normal indicators of enlargement or infection that produce more antigens causing the rise in your PSA. The Ben’s Natural Health

  22. James Dawson

    My last PSA test was 28.9, two weeks prior it was 35. After an MRI I had a biopsy, with results of no cancer. Doctors can not tell me why so high. I was happy with results.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi James, thanks for getting in touch. Prostatitis or infection may cause a significant rise in your PSA. It can be caused by bacteria that leak into the prostate gland from the urinary tract which is the most common bacterial cause and from direct extension or lymphatic spread from the rectum. If you wish to discuss this further, please feel free to get in touch with our team via [email protected]. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  23. J.Scott

    how can I lower my psa level

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi J.Scott, a number of factors can contribute to a rise in PSA levels. What type of prostate health problem are you experiencing? Is it an enlarged prostate, or prostatitis? Our Total Health supplement designed to reduce or eliminate inflammation, enlargement and irritation in the prostate. This supplement contains ingredients like beta-sitosterol and turmeric, which have shown to lower PSA and improve urinary symptoms. The supplement also contains many other nutrients vital for prostate health. To discuss this in further detail please get in touch with our team via [email protected] or call our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK.

  24. Alan Sledmore

    I have a PSA of 15.2 has been between that and 11.0 for the last 10 years when I had a biopsy which landed me in hospital for a week with sepsis. I have read your article and am keen to take your supplements. Refused any further biopsies and on active surveillance.

    • Ben's Natural Health Team

      Hi Alan, glad that you find the article useful and very sorry to hear of your experience with sepsis. To discuss this further please get in touch with our team who can advise you further via [email protected] or call our toll-free number 1-888-868-3554 in the US and +44 (0) 845 423 8877 in the UK. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.