Metabolic syndrome 'heightens the risk of prostate cancer'

22 October 2012

New research has indicated that men have an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer if they suffer from metabolic syndrome.

The condition relates to a person recording a high body mass index, living with hypertension – otherwise known as high blood pressure – and suffering from raised blood sugar and/or blood lipids.

Scientists at Umea University, in Sweden, set out to uncover the effects of metabolic syndrome in the development of prostate cancer by analysing data gathered by The Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer Project.

Involving the information of 289,866 men, 6,673 of the individuals studied in the medical project were diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout a follow-up period covering 12 years. Of these, 861 of them died as a result of the disease.

Lead author Par Stattin, from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, commented: "These observations suggest that cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight and hypertension are involved in stimulating the progression of prostate cancer."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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