Prostate Cancer: Effects of Cholesterol

High levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides favor the recurrence of prostate cancer, so it is important to act on this parameter. This study by Duke University, North Carolina, involved 1,000 patients who underwent total prostatectomy (prostate removal).

Data on blood lipid levels were analyzed and associations were first demonstrated between high levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol and an increased risk of recurrence of prostate cancer, and then when it is too high Low initially, between an increase in the rate of “good” (HDL) cholesterol and some degree of protection against relapse. In fact, this study illustrates two things: the detrimental role of cholesterol in this type of cancer (but not only, as shown by other research) and the importance of close management of hypercholesterolemia and excess Of triglycerides when following surgery for prostate cancer.

Source: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (