Bob is 83 years old (August 2019), and began the Carnivore Diet in late 2018. Bob’s weight loss journey began with the Paleo diet 2 and a half years ago, then a low-carb high-fat diet 18 months ago. He then began the Carnivore Diet 8 months ago (January 2019) and that is when most of his weight loss occurred. He has lost approximately 6 inches from his waist and roughly 50 pounds (from 230 to 180).
In addition to weight loss, however, the Carnivore Diet has helped relieve Bob from symptoms of an enlarged prostate. For the past couple of decades, his symptoms included painful urination, occasional bouts of prostatitis, and restricted urination flow. Bob experienced immediate relief from these prostate symptoms since starting the diet in January 2019; no pain, no burning, and free flowing urine. For over 10 years prior to starting the Carnivore Diet, Bob’s PSA levels were on the rise, significantly exceeding the above normal reference of 4.0. By July of 2019, Bob’s PSA decreased to 3.1 points.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition that affects men as they age. About 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH, and that number jumps to 70% among men aged 60 to 69 and around 80% of men over 70 years of age. While there is not a consensus in the medical community as to the cause of prostate enlargement, it is believed to be linked to hormonal changes due to aging. The balance of hormones in the body changes with age, and this may cause the prostate gland to grow, bringing on a host of painful symptoms.
Notably, Bob had been taking Avodart to treat his prostate symptoms, but noticed no difference while taking the medication for 60 days or stopping it. The only other medication Bob takes is Synthroid for a thyroid condition he has managed well for more than 50 years. Bob remains active, and enjoys bicycling 3 times a week for a total of 100 miles.
Since following the Carnivore Diet, Bob has lost his taste for chicken, and has also eliminated eggs which seem to slightly increase his prostate symptoms. Now his diet mainly consists of high-fat dairy, lots of beef (mostly grass-fed), and some pork products.
Bob and his wife are so grateful to Dr. Shawn Baker and all those who promote the Carnivore Diet and lifestyle. He believes the public should be made aware of the wonderful benefits from eating this way, and his hope is that many more men will find relief from their enlarged prostate symptoms.