Shocking Study: Early Weight Gain Boosts Fatal Prostate Cancer Risk!
A new Swedish study suggests that young men who gain a lot of weight between the ages of 17 and 29 are at a higher risk of developing fatal prostate cancer later in life.
The research, conducted by the Obesity and Disease Development Sweden (ODDS) organization, highlights the potential link between weight gain during early adulthood and an increased “Fatal Prostate Cancer Risk.” This important finding was revealed on Tuesday at the European Congress on Obesity 2023.
Data for 258,477 men who underwent at least three weight measurements between the ages of 17 and 60 were examined by the researchers.
83% of the time, the weight of the males was measured scientifically; 5% of the time, it was determined subjectively; and 15% of the time, it was determined primarily on memory.
Overall, those who gained slightly more than 1 pound each year (1.10 pounds) had a 10% higher chance of developing aggressive prostate cancer later in life and a 29% higher risk of dying from it compared to men who maintained a constant weight.
Further investigation revealed that this was mostly because males who acquired weight between the ages of 17 and 29 were at significantly higher risk.
Over this time span, gaining around 29 pounds overall was connected to a 13% higher chance of aggressive prostate cancer and a 27% higher risk of dying from the condition.
Lead author Marisa da Silva, PhD, from the Department of Translational Medicine at Lund University in Malmö, Sweden, said, “We do not know if the main driver of the association that we see is the weight gain itself or the long duration of being heavier.”
However, she added, “One must gain weight in order to become bigger, thus limiting a sharp increase in weight in young men is crucial for the prevention of prostate cancer.
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It is “vital” to identify the prostate cancer risk factors that can be adjusted because some risk factors, such growing older, a family history of the disease, and some genetic markers, cannot be changed.
With roughly 288,000 new cases expected for 2023 and an anticipated 35,000 fatalities, prostate cancer is the second most frequent cancer in men in the United States (after skin cancer).
More over 1.4 million new cases of prostate cancer are discovered worldwide each year, making it the second most frequent cancer in men globally (after lung cancer).