Advertisement

Dropping weight could lower risk for prostate cancer

By
HealthDay News
A new study found that having a body mass index above the range that's considered healthy during middle to late adulthood was associated with the highest risk for advanced prostate cancer. Photo by Tiago Zr/Shutterstock
A new study found that having a body mass index above the range that's considered healthy during middle to late adulthood was associated with the highest risk for advanced prostate cancer. Photo by Tiago Zr/Shutterstock

Here's more motivation for men to shed pounds if they're overweight: It could lower their risk for advanced prostate cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from 15 studies that included a total of nearly 831,000 men, including nearly 52,000 who'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Advertisement

Having a BMI (body mass index -- an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) above the range that's considered healthy (21-25) during middle to late adulthood was associated with the highest risk for advanced prostate cancer. "These study results show that risk for advanced prostate cancer can be decreased by maintaining a 'healthy' weight, which is in line with guidelines by the American Cancer Society and World Cancer Research Fund," said study author Jeanine Genkinger, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

"Adopting healthy eating and exercising are factors that can help maintain a healthy weight," Genkinger said in a school news release. The researchers also found that a larger waist size was associated with an increased risk of advanced prostate cancer and death.

RELATED Gut bacteria may bolster some cancer treatments

Previous studies have linked higher BMI with an increased risk of prostate cancer, but this is the first to connect larger waist size with increased risk of the disease, the authors said.

Advertisement

The study was published March 4 in the Annals of Oncology. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in U.S. men. Fewer than 1 in 3 men with advanced prostate cancer are alive five years after diagnosis.

More information

RELATED MRI, biopsy combo increases prostate cancer diagnosis accuracy

The American Cancer Society has more on prostate cancer.

Copyright 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

RELATED Fish oil can help prevent heart disease, but not cancer

Latest Headlines