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Study Finds Prostrate Cancer Deaths Not Linked to Diabetes

Statistically, it would appear that diabetes is linked to increased deaths from local advanced prostrate cancer. However, the statistics are misleading.

Dr. Smith of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and colleagues reviewed data from 1500 men who participated in a clinical trial. It was found that most obese men had diabetes therefore it appeared diabetes was a contributing factor. On further analysis, it was discovered that obesity was the contributing factor.

Dr. Smith said, "In this study, we demonstrate that increased body weight, but not diabetes, is associated with greater prostate cancer mortality."

More research is necessary to discover why obesity affects deaths from prostrate cancer including the decreased effectiveness of standard prostate cancer treatments.

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