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HCA diet and PSA levels - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   can the hca diet affect a psa test
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXhere
User :   hi dr XXXX
Doctor :   how many calorie HCA diet you are currently on?
User :   500
User :   I have been on the diet for 6 weeks, start mtce plan today
Doctor :   ok. it does affect the PSA level, especially in people who are prone to prostate cancer
User :   I have had prostate surgery about 8 years ago. no cancer but reduce size
Doctor :   ok. have you had repeat levels checked?
User :   took psa test last week and saw dr today
Doctor :   what are the test values of PSA?
User :   was 2.5 today and he had minor concern since my last year chk was 1.0 and last couple prior to that was 0.6
Doctor :   ok. levels between 4 and 10, indicates about 25% chances of it being due to prostate cancer
User :   i asked him if the hca would impact andhe did not knwo much but thought maybe
Doctor :   herbal supplements and diet changes are known to cause increase in its levels
User :   why does hca inflate psa numbers
Doctor :   PSA levels can naturally increase with age too. please provide your age, height, weight.
User :   my age is 54, 5'11", 215lbs......lost 38lbs last 6 weeks
Doctor :   HCA compound that is basically consumed is PhIP which is one of the most potent carcinogens ever tested
Doctor :   and it specifically causes prostate cancer
Doctor :   hence the PSA levels get elevated with HCA diet
Doctor :   do not continue this diet for more than 8-10 weeks.
Doctor :   try with alternate diet regimes along with exercises to reduce weight
User :   health store where we bought hca diet thought it may be positive if we but a cleansing pkg to reduce toxins released from fat cells during diet. do you buy that? though tit may be good before I get another psa test but the dr said not for 6 months even though he had concern
Doctor :   if your main aim is to reduce weight, go ahead with a detox diet for 4 weeks, and then move on to low carb and low fat diet
Doctor :   and continue it for next 6-8 weeks
Doctor :   along with whole body or cardio exercises for 2 hours a day
User :   my wife just realized that I have been typing hca and should have been typing hcg diet. does that soudn better
Doctor :   HCG diet too is known to increase PSA levels mildly
User :   so not as bad as what the HCA is?
Doctor :   no, not as bad as HCA, but still it can raise the levels
User :   is it possible to raise the psa count from 1.0 to 2.5 with this hcg diet for last 6 weeks?
Doctor :   so after stopping with the diet, consider checking the pSA levels again after 2-3 weeks time
Doctor :   and see if there is any improvement
Doctor :   go ahead with an ultrasound scan to know the size and volume of the prostate gland currently
User :   can I have a PSA checked without seeing a dr or getting an order from a dr?
User :   also as far as the scan, the dr did do an exam today and did not feel anything unusal but I did tell him that I had been having flow problems again, similar to before my surgery,
Doctor :   I cannot comment on it, usually you will need a prescription from a doctor to get it checked
Doctor :   in few countries it can be done with prescription from a GP
Doctor :   if the size is increased, then you might have similar symptoms as you had before your surgery
User :   are you in the US?
Doctor :   so a scan done will be able to tell the exact volume of the gland which will be more accurate
Doctor :   No, I am based in Bangalore.
User :   the specialist that I saw today wants me to wait 6 months. Should i see someone else?
Doctor :   6 months will be a long time, try taking a second opinion on the diet and PSA issue along with repeat examination and scan done to see the current status of problems.
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