What could raise a PSA test number?

Updated April 17, 2017

The protein PSA, or Prostate-Specific Antigen, is created within the prostate by the prostate's cells. The test developed to asses the levels of the PSA proteins is called the PSA test. PSA levels increase naturally as we get older but there are safe and unsafe levels. If PSA levels are high, there is the possibility of having or developing cancer. The PSA test is not a cancer test. There are several other reasons why a PSA level could be increased.


Inflammation of the prostate gland is also known as Prostatitis. Prostatitis is a common condition and is known to increase the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Evidence shows that PSA levels will return to normal within six weeks, once the patient has had antibiotics for two weeks. Not easily diagnosed, this condition has many types of symptoms, syndromes and effects all with inflammation within the prostate area. (See Resources section.)

Omega 6

Omega 6 fatty acids are like those found in corn oil and increase the prostate-specific antigen levels. Studies have also shown that omega 6 can increase the rate of prostate cancer cells transferring into bone marrow.

Benign Prostate Enlargement

With symptoms of frequent urination and possible leakage, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common ailment of the age process. The prostate of a man increases in size throughout life. BPH can cause problems from the age of 40 but most men do not begin to have any problems until they reach 60 years of age. The most common problem with BPH is the pressure placed upon the urethra by the prostate.


Particular foods can increase PSA levels and PSA test results. Foods like red meat, dairy products, sweets and desserts should be avoided in aid in healthier and lower PSA levels. Foods with high amounts of sugars and calories actually lower metabolism, resulting in a higher risk of the increase of PSA levels and other health issues. (See Resources.)

Small Increases

PSA levels can increase temporarily if there is a urinary infection present, post ejaculation or with bicycle riding. If a PSA level is above 4ng/ml, it is recommended that further investigations should be made to diagnose why, with a medical specialist. PSA levels under 10ng/ml show a greater chance of possible tumour recovery.

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Based in Spain, Jennifer Burdett has been writing alternative medicine and health-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Inland Magazine" and in newspapers such as “Euro Weekly,” “Round Town News” and the “Sol Times.” Burdett received the Holistic Back Practitioner Asset Award in 2008 and qualified as a holistic back practitioner at StoneBridge College, U.K.