Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men over the age of 60 in the U.S.
According to David Levy, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, “for the last couple of decades, one of the prevailing correlations has been weight and it seems over a number of different studies that have been done, higher weight correlates with more aggressive prostate cancer,” said Dr. Levy.
A study conducted by Cleveland Clinic looked at 69,873 men over the course of of 13 years. Researchers found that fatal prostate cancer risk was increased in men who had a normal BMI or who were overweight at age 20 and later became obese, compared with men who maintained a normal BMI.
However, lesser aggressive forms of prostate cancer did not show an association to BMI.
Dr. Levy said it’s difficult to point to any one specific factor of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, such as a person’s weight by itself, as a determining factor for prostate cancer risk. He says that exercise, diet and supplements all play a role as well.
“Dietary factors- meat and dairy – high fat diets from animal proteins, in other words, high omega-6 fatty acid diets from the hamburgers, the hot dogs, the fried chicken, the chicken wings, those sorts of things, play a significant role in the genetics of prostate cell behavior,” said Dr. Levy.