It appears that what’s good for the heart may also be good for the prostate say researchers from the Duke Cancer Institute. They found that men with coronary artery disease had a 74% higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men who did not have heart disease.
The researchers analyzed data from 6,390 men in a four-year clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a drug in reducing prostate cancer. Of those men, 547 reported a history of coronary artery disease before the trial began.
They found that men with coronary artery disease had a 35 percent greater risk of developing prostate cancer over time and a 24 percent greater risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer within the first two years of the study compared to men who did not have heart disease.
By the end of the clinical trial, men with coronary artery disease had a 74 percent higher risk of prostate cancer than those without heart disease.
These findings took into account a number of risk factors, including hypertension, taking statins or aspirin.
While researchers don't know what's causing the link between heart disease and prostate cancer, finding the association will prompt further research to understand the mechanisms behind both health conditions.
Reducing Your Risk
This study should give men some comfort in knowing that following a heart-healthy lifestyle may also protect them from prostate cancer as well. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States, and prostate cancer is the second most deadly type of cancer for men in the United States.
Learn more about preventable risk factors for heart disease and foods and nutrients that promote heart health.
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