Can red wine or diet affect the PSA count?
Although it’s difficult to know for certain whether red wine directly impacts the PSA ( prostate-specific antigen) count, evidence indicates that a person’s overall diet and health can play a role in prostate cancer risk, which could translate into PSA levels. PSA is a protein that’s made in the prostate – a small gland about the size and shape of a walnut, although it usually enlarges with age. The prostate sits below a man’s bladder and produces substances that help form semen. Normally, small amounts of PSA circulate in the blood. But cancerous prostate tissue usually releases more PSA than healthy tissue. The lower the PSA level, the lower the chance of having prostate cancer. The higher the PSA level, the higher the chance of prostate cancer. Generally, a PSA of 4.0 nanograms per milliliter of blood or more is considered to be in the high range, although other factors such as age (older men have higher levels and younger men should have lower levels) need to be considered when det