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Obesity and Prostate Cancer

July 19, 2007 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Obesity and Prostate Cancer
The University of Southern California has an NIH grant to explore the relationship between obesity and cancer. Researchers are now reporting what I have been stating since the release of Mastering Leptin in 2002, obesity is a significant risk factor for aggressive prostate cancer. "Evidence that weight is a risk factor is not quite conclusive, but it's close," says David Penson, M.D., associate professor of urology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). "There is certainly some preliminary evidence that obese patients are more likely to have aggressive cancers and more likely to die from the disease if they get it."

Leptin problems induce a combination of inflammatory signals and hormone imbalances that set the stage for cancer risk. The best way to reduce this risk is to follow the five rules of the Leptin Diet, loose weight if needed, and maintain an efficiently running metabolism. The rates of breast and prostate cancer in this country could dramatically be reduced by following these diet guidelines and eating organic food whenever possible. Dietary supplements and exercise are other tools that can be used to help balance leptin and sex hormone levels.

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