New research published in CANCER, the journal of the American Cancer Society, shows possible connections between a combination of metabolic factors and death from prostate cancer. Specifically, high blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, and body mass index, known all-together as metabolic syndrome, have now been linked to an increase chance of dying from this type of cancer.
While knowledge regarding the relationship between metabolic factors has long been limited, researchers from Umeå University in Sweden, made this new discovery via their study known as the Metabolic syndrome and Cancer project. They analyzed information from 289,866 men, who were then followed up on during the course of 12 years. Of that group, 6,673 were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 961 died from it. From among that group, men who had higher blood pressure and a high body mass index were significantly more likely (between 36 and 62 percent more likely) to succumb to the disease. Overall the more metabolic factors that were present the bigger the chance of death from prostate cancer.
One important connection that some observers might be confused about is that the study did not find a connection between having individual or a combination of metabolic factors and developing prostate cancer. The relationship they are referring to is the increased chance of dying from the disease and having health problems like diabetes, a high BMI, etc.
Source: Australasian Science Magazine
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Reference: Häggström, C., Stocks, T., Ulmert, D., Bjørge, T., Ulmer, H., Hallmans, G., Manjer, J., Engeland, A., Nagel, G., Almqvist, M., Selmer, R., Concin, H., Tretli, S., Jonsson, H., & Stattin, P. (2012). Prospective study on metabolic factors and risk of prostate cancer Cancer DOI: 10.1002/cncr.27677