Men who suffer from diabetes could face a reduced risk of developing prostrate cancer . The findings were revealed by a study that is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The researchers used a large amount of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 2001/2002. They closely examined the relationship between the presence of diabetes and prostate-specific antigen levels . These are strong indicators of prostrate cancer .
Dr. Saraiya and other researchers at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention had the following to say: “Recent studies have suggested an association between type 2 diabetes mellitus and lower risk of prostate cancer. It has been hypothesized that men with long-term diabetes have a lower risk of prostate cancer than nondiabetic men, and recently diagnosed men have a higher risk.”
They continued: “It is unclear whether the lowered PSA level in diabetic men accurately reflects a decreased risk of prostate cancer in the diabetic population or whether their lower PSA levels result in a reduced likelihood of receiving a diagnostic workup for detection of asymptomatic prostate cancers, as has been suggested for obese men. If the latter were true, diabetic men might well be diagnosed with later-stage tumours and have poorer treatment outcomes, and overweight diabetic men would have later-stage tumours than normal weight diabetic men.”

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