What’s prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN)?
And what do my 2021 New Year’s Resolutions have to do with it?
I don’t have PIN (that I’m aware of). However, prostate cancer is the second-highest cancer-death cause among American men. And I don’t want it.
My five children are living proof of how well my prostate has served me over the years. Although I’m done having children, I want to keep it healthy as possible!
That’s where the resolutions – green tea – and protecting myself from prostate cancer – come in.
First, My Resolutions
For my blog’s readers, that I’m a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions is no secret. A year ago, my blog post was called The Significance of March 7, 2020. In it, I observed March 7 marked the 66th day of the year.
Why was the 66th day significant?
In a European Journal of Social Psychology published study, researchers worked with 96 volunteers to learn how long it took for daily practices to become habits.
For the 83 participants who completed the study, the time to form a habit ranged from 18 to 254 days.
The researchers found that, on average, the volunteers needed 66 days to develop automatic behaviors.
We just passed March 7, 2021, so for anyone who’s still keeping a New Year’s resolution, congratulations.
Now, the Green Tea
Now, in my 40s, I’m making habits that will protect my body from common diseases – including cancer.
As to my 2021 resolutions, on March 7, I completed my 66,000th pushup of the year. However, my wife finds my resolving to give up coffee even more extreme than deciding to do 1,000 pushups every day!
My actual resolution was to replace coffee with tea. I have nothing against coffee beans, terrific sources of plant-based energy and antioxidants.
But, in terms of overall health benefits, they can’t compete with green tea. In the coffee vs tea debate, I see coffee as good and green tea as great.
And the research backs me up!
Green Tea and Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia
What does prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) mean exactly?
Prostatic – relating to the prostate
Intraepithelial – Inside the layer of cells which form the lining or surface of internal organs.
Neoplasia – abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells as in a tumor.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Definitely, when it comes to high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HG-PIN).
Pictures of normal prostates look healthy. But not the bulging, cringeworthy-looking cells of an HG-PIN-ravaged prostate!
No man would want his prostate looking like that. The bad news is that medical remedies aren’t widely available because HG-PIN is a “pre-cancerous” condition.
Treatment usually waits until after prostate cancer sets in. But there is a potential solution, thanks to green tea.
This Letter to the Editor published in European Urology details the follow-up of research from the University of Parma’s Department of Experimental Medicine.
The original study involved 60 men diagnosed with HG-PIN. The researchers assigned half to a placebo (sugar pill) group and half to a green-tea capsule group.
The capsules, which they took daily, contained the equivalent of 6 cups of green tea.
After six months, the researchers biopsied all the men – and the results were startling! Six members of the placebo group (20 percent) had developed prostate cancer. None of the green tea group had.
A second round of biopsies one year later affirmed the first round.
In the placebo group, three more had developed cancer. Only one in the green tea group had.
In other words, after 18 months, the sugar-pills group had a 30 percent cancer rate compared to the green-tea group’s 3.3 percent.
Nearly ten times more cancer in the men who weren’t using green tea! But the green tea’s benefits didn’t end there.
A year after the study ended, the men returned for a follow-up biopsy. Over half the placebo group was positive for prostate cancer, while only about 10 percent of the green tea group was.
The researchers pointed out that green tea supplements led to an “almost 80% reduction” in prostate cancer diagnosis.
Bottom line? Green tea is the clear choice for lowering the risk of prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia developing into cancer.
Don’t wait until the New Year to make a resolution. Join me in resolving to drink green tea every single day. Especially if you are concerned about having PIN, drinking multiple cups of green tea a day is a brilliant idea.