Washington: A new study has found that men, who develop prostate cancer, tend to retain denser bones as they age than men who stay free of the disease. This new research was carried by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Typically, bone density declines with age in both men and women. However, Loeb and her colleagues found that the 76 men in their study who went on to develop prostate cancer had bone density that remained significantly higher as they aged, compared with those who remained cancer free. The findings held up even after the researchers accounted for lifestyle factors that might influence bone density, such as smoking, body mass index, and intake of dietary calcium and vitamin D. Further examination showed that the 18 men who developed the high-risk form of the disease retained the highest bone density, but the researchers caution that the number of patients is too small to make any final conclusions about bone features and metastatic disease. “If we can elucidate the underlying pathways, we could develop strategies for preventing prostate cancer from occurring or spreading,” Loeb says. The finding ahs been published in the July British Journal of Urology International. ANI
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