A study of nearly 3,000 Italian men showed a direct relationship between cholesterol levels and prostate cancer risk. Men over 65 with prostate cancer were 80 percent more likely to have high cholesterol. Men under 65 with prostate cancer were 32 percent more likely.
Researchers note that the male hormones that play a role in prostate cancer are synthesized from cholesterol. The relationship could also be indirect since dietary components—high-fat meat and dairy products known to increase the risk of prostate cancer-tend to increase cholesterol in the bloodstream.
Taking steps to lower cholesterol may also lower prostate cancer risk.
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