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Source: Thailand Medical News  Oct 24, 2019  3 years ago
Study Links Dairy Products With Higher Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Study Links Dairy Products With Higher Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Source: Thailand Medical News  Oct 24, 2019  3 years ago
A latest medical study conducted by Mayo Clinic indicates that a high consumption of dairy products, like milk and cheese increases the risk of developing prostate cancer. The findings of the study has also been published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. At the same time the study showed that plant-based diets played a critical role in decreasing the risk of developing prostate cancer.



The medical researchers note that prior studies have shown dairy products are the primary source of calcium in Western countries, and these where rates of prostate cancer are high. At the same time prostate cancer rates are increasing in Asia as a result of adopting Western diets including increased dairy consumption such as yoghurt and also dairy products such as ice creams and milk based desserts or beverages.

The team from Mayo Clinic found no clear association of increased risk of prostate cancer linked to other animal-based foods, including red and white meat, processed meats and fish. However, they identified a decreased risk of prostate cancer associated with plant-based diets

Dr. John Shin a Mayo Clinic oncologist and lead author on this study commented in an interview with Thailand Medical News "Our review highlighted a cause for concern with high consumption of dairy products. The findings also support a growing body of evidence on the potential benefits of plant-based diets."

The medical researchers reviewed 47 studies published since 2006, comprising more than 1,000,000 total participants, to better understand the risks of prostate cancer associated with plant- and animal-based foods. While patterns of association emerged, Dr. Shin says more investigation is needed to understand the nature and strength of those associations.

ot;font-size:14px">Prostate cancer is the second most frequent malignancy (after lung cancer) in men worldwide. The incidence of prostate cancer has been growing globally with 1.12 million cases diagnosed just in 2012 to 1.86 million cases diagnosed in 2018 alone, with more than 457,000 deaths due to it in just 2018. Despite better diagnostic tools and also imaging platforms coupled with better forms of treatment protocols and surgery, the number of deaths due to prostate cancer continued to increase.

Males are advised to do routine prostate cancer screenings after the age of 40 and also to be more careful when using drugs like finasteride and dutasteride as one may get false PSA readings during a blood test. Certain steroid based supplements can also increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. Consult a doctor or oncologists when in doubt.

Reference: John Shin et al, Effect of Plant- and Animal-Based Foods on Prostate Cancer Risk, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (2019). DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2019.123

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