Thursday, June 9, 2011

Obesity Raises Prostate Risk, While Coffee may LOWER IT!

The risk of the cancer spreading is more likely in both obese and overweight men, according to the findings of a recent study.

For a median of 52 months, researchers followed 287 men who had removal of their prostate gland after the cancer diagnosis. They found that obese men were five times more likely than normal-weight men to have their cancer spread. The researchers aren't sure as to exactly why the obese and overweight men with prostate cancer do worse.

Fortunately, new research suggests that there may be a way to lower one's risk of prostate cancer, especially if you happen to drink coffee regularly.  Researchers say that a 20% lower risk was found in those drinking six or more cups daily compared to none. And among those drinking one to three cups a day, the risk of lethal prostate cancer declined 29%, compared to that of nondrinkers. Even more importantly, the risk reduction held for both regular coffee and decaf, leading the researchers to speculate it's not the caffeine providing the protection. The findings have since been published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


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