Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with associated lower urinary tract symptoms occurs increasingly as men age. Estimates suggest that around 50% of men in the 50 to 60 age group feel the effects of BPH, and the prevalence increases with each decade. Herbal supplements made from the berries of the saw palmetto palm tree are widely taken to lessen symptoms. But the effectiveness of these supplements has not been established. The use of plant-derived nutritional supplements to impact wellness and healthy aging does not often come up on the radar of busy physicians. So my attention was caught by the publication of a consensus report by 7 urologists from North America and Europe, about the value of saw palmetto extract in the management of prostate conditions.
My guest today is one of the panelists, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt. Dr. Brahmbhatt earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and his fellowship in robotic microsurgery and male infertility at the University of Florida. He is board-certified through the American Board of Urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Brahmbhatt specializes in urology problems affecting both women and men, such as kidney stones, overactive bladder, enlarged prostate, erectile dysfunction, and low testosterone. He is a fellowship-trained microsurgeon who has helped advance the use of robotics for men with infertility and chronic testicular pain. Dr. Brahmbhatt also co-founded the nonprofit initiative Drive 4 Men’s Health, to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
We discuss why and how the consensus report was developed and factors that may contribute to development of BPH. Despite over 50 studies looking at the benefits of saw palmetto, research has been complicated by the variety of supplements used. We also discuss the importance of using only a high quality supplement containing an effective amount of Serenoa repens berry extract fatty acids from a reputable source.
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You can find the consensus report here: https://doi.org/10.3390/uro2030017
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