Underlying health conditions including high blood pressure found to put men at a higher risk of dying from the male specific cancer

 

Health conditions including high blood pressure, obesity and high levels of fats and sugar in the blood have been found to lower a man’s chance of beating prostate cancer. The conditions, which all fall under the ‘metabolic syndrome’ umbrella, were shown to up the risk of death, with high blood pressure being the biggest factor. Men with high blood pressure were found to be 62 per cent more likely to die from prostate cancer than those with the lowest risk. Obesity and a combination of the others were not found to be as highly linked but still showed an increase.

The findings were discovered by the Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer (MeCan) project, which involved 300,000 men from Sweden,

Norway and Austria. Of those involved, 6,673 were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 961 died from the disease.

Dr Christel Haggstrom, from Umea University, Sweden, who lead the research, said: “Not much is known about the association between these metabolic factors and prostate cancer but the high incidence in Western Europe and North America suggests a link to the lifestyles or environment in developed countries.

“When we looked to see if the metabolic factors are related to an increased risk of getting or dying from prostate cancer we found a relationship with death from the disease and high blood pressure. There was also a link to high BMI but blood pressure had the strongest association to increased risk. The results for BMI are in line with previous findings in large studies.”

The research didn’t find any link between the metabolic factors and chances of being diagnosed with the disease, however, just its outcome.