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As if having either high blood pressure or prostate cancer wasn’t bad enough but it now appears that having both is even more deadly. This is one of the conclusions of the study published in October of 2012 in the American Cancer Society Journal.

The study was part of the Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer (MeCan) project. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of obesity, high blood pressure, poor glucose regulation, and lipid abnormalities.  It’s thought to be a result of a poor diet and inadequate exercise leading to disruptions in normal metabolism.

It’s pretty clear that that combination of conditions isn’t healthy. The Metabolic Syndrome and Cancer Project was designed to look at the Association of metabolic syndrome with cancer in particular.

The study was conducted over 12 years following almost 300,000 men in Sweden, Norway and Austria. Over that period of time, 6673 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The researchers looked at the risk of developing prostate cancer and various metabolic factors.

They found that high blood pressure was associated with a significant increase in the chance of developing prostate cancer. It was also associated with a higher risk of dying from disease.

While obesity and combinations of the other metabolic factors were also associated with increased risk of prostate cancer combination the association was strongest for high blood pressure.

The study really didn’t address the issue of whether or not treatment of high blood pressure would reduce the increased risk of developing prostate disease. However, given all the other problems known to be associated with the constellation of symptoms that make up the metabolic syndrome it seems prudent to do whatever we can to correct those issues.

By and large, that comes down to losing weight, avoiding processed and sugary foods, exercising appropriately, maintaining a healthy lipid profile by avoiding saturated fats and including small amount of healthy fats in the diet, and treating high blood pressure as necessary to bring it under control.

 

 

 

 

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