New Delhi: According to a new study, men who tall and slightly obese possess increased risk of death due to prostate cancer.
The research conducted by UK scientists has further found that height was not associated with overall prostate cancer risk, risk of high grade disease and death from prostate cancer increased by 21% and 17% respectively with every additional ten centimetres (3.9 inches) of height.
Higher BMI was also found to be associated with increased risk of high grade tumours, as well as increased risk of death from prostate cancer.
Waist circumference, which is seen as a more accurate measure of obesity than BMI in older adults, was associated with an 18% greater risk of death from prostate cancer and a 13% greater risk of high grade cancer with every ten centimetres (3.9 inches) increase in waist circumference.
Lead author Aurora Perez-Cornago said that the finding of high risk in taller men may provide insights into the mechanisms underlying prostate cancer development, for example related to early nutrition and growth.
Perez-Cornago added that they also found that a healthy body weight is associated with a reduced risk of high grade prostate cancer and death from prostate cancer years later.
The observed links with obesity may be due to changes in hormone levels in obese men, which in turn may increase the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
However, the difference in prostate cancer may also be partly due to differences in prostate cancer detection in men with obesity.
(With ANI inputs)