The Link That Really Matters Between Prostate Cancer and Obesity

This latest study linking obesity and prostate cancer is a bit different than others I've posted here, in that carrying too much weight isn't connected directly to increasing a man's risk of cancer. Nevertheless, the link remains a vital one for a different and fatal reason.

Researchers monitored the health of some 288,000 men (ages 50-71) for five years to determine how all those excess pounds affect the incidence, severity and outcomes of prostate cancer. Over the five-year study, prostate cancer was diagnosed in nearly 10,000 men. In a true anomaly, scientists found patients with highest BMIs had the lowest rate of cancer diagnosis.

The real issue here: Patients who had maintained higher BMIs since early adulthood greatly elevated their risks of dying from prostate cancer. Moreover, a man's mortality risks grew as did his BMI. For example, males with BMIs in the overweight range (25-29) increased their risk of death to prostate cancer by 25 percent. And, that risk of death quadrupled to 100 percent for patients with BMI scores above 35.

Lowering a man's health risks, not just for cancer but many other conditions, starts with getting his weight under control. To that end, diet and exercise, working in tandem, can have an incredible impact.

For additional insights on treating prostate cancer naturally, safely and without surgery or drugs, you'll want to review the comments of Dr. Larry Clapp.

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