Cancer May Lower HDL Cholesterol, Study Finds
Cancer may lower good, HDL cholesterol and low total cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer, a long-running study following nearly thirty thousand men for almost 20 years has discovered. A related study suggests that lowering total cholesterol may help men reduce risk of high-grade prostate cancer.
Men with low cholesterol face less risk of high-grade prostate cancer
Men with lower cholesterol are less likely than those with higher levels to develop high-grade prostate cancer — an aggressive form of the disease with a poorer prognosis, according to results of a Johns Hopkins collaborative study.
For Men, keeping cholesterol low protects against prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction
Statins, drugs widely prescribed to lower cholesterol, may have protective effects on prostate health and on male erectile function. A large Mayo Clinic study co-sponsored by Merck and Kaiser Permanente looked at possible effects of statins on three different aspects of urological health – prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and prostate enlargement.
New effort to find out if anti-cholesterol drugs can help reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer
Popular cholesterol-busting drugs called statins appear to lower men’s PSA values along with their cholesterol levels according to researchers in the Duke Prostate Center and the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. But whether the drugs prevent prostate cancer growth or just mask it is not known yet.