If You Are Obese…Check Your Prostate!

August 4, 2006

19207111352.jpgBenign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is a common dilemma among men. A recent article from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, July 2006 issue showed that there is a relationship between ones weight and that person’s risk to have an enlarged prostate.  BPH is a condition that leads to difficulty in urination with symptoms ranging from urgency, discomfort, to incomplete voiding.

The study showed that of the men with enlarged prostates, majority were heavier and had a higher age-adjusted body mass index (BMI) than men without enlarged prostates. It was estimated that for each 1-point rise in BMI was associated with a 0.41 cubic centimeter increase in prostate volume.  Such that very obese men were especially likely to have an enlarged prostate, with 3.5-times the risk compared with their normal-weight counterparts.

In the same study, diabetics were more than twice as likely to have prostate enlargement compared with men without diabetes such that those with elevated glucose had 3-times the risk of having an enlarged prostate. The clinical implication of this study is that with the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes, this finding will have a definite impact in the rising prevalence of BPH.

So Guys… Another reason for us to take care of our weight!

Lose Weight, Control Your Sugar

Or Else…

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4 Responses to “If You Are Obese…Check Your Prostate!”

  1. Belinda Says:

    Does it mean even if one has a good control on his glucose, is he still twice at risk of enlarge prostate just by being diabetic? By the way Mikes last HbA1c was 5.8 & his PSA was 1.8 ug/L . Thanks for any info you can share.

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    This is a study that did not look at relationship between glucose control and the risk of BPH but rather an association study which showed diabetics in general have higher risk to have larger prostates. Clinical implication is: If you’re a diabetic… be more vigilant in asking your doctors to check your prostate.

  3. maxim Says:

    This is a very enlightening information Doc. Another valid reason to keep our weight within the normal range.


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    Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so considerably. Its much better if you think about what others may possibly have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the topic.


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