Saturday, November 05, 2011

A personal cautionary tale on PSA screening and followup

Here’s a little lifestyle tip.  At my last physical in October, at age 68, we found that my PSA had actually gone down.   An appointment with a urologist is no longer necessary.

Why?  Since my mother’s passing, there has not been help in the house and I have done my own cooking. I certainly eat less fat (particularly at breakfast). The lower fat diet probably explains the gradual reduction in the PSA number as well as better cholesterol numbers.

This could be a word to the wise in the medical debate over PSA screening and followup on elevated numbers for older men.  It could also have a bearing on Medicare expenses. 

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