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Soy Intake Linked to Increased Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer

By jeremyc | November 9, 2017

Soy is believed to offer many health benefits, but they are not healthy for men. According to a new study, men who eat soy, as well as other foods with high amounts of isoflavones, have a greater risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, that is, prostate cancer that has developed to other parts of the body.

The researchers, however, didn’t find any link between soy intake and risk of non-advanced prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer in American men. It is believed that approximately 161,360 individuals will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S., and over 26,000 prostate cancer patients will die from it.

Soy, as well as soy products, contains highest levels of isoflavones, which are also present in potato beans and kudzu root in good amounts.

Different studies have shown isoflavones to affect health differently. For instance, while some studies have suggested that isoflavones might increase breast cancer risk, some others have said these compounds might prove beneficial for some breast cancer patients.

In this study, the researchers set out to find how isoflavones affect prostate cancer risk. They studied data for 27,004 men, all of whom were part of a previous study. Out of these 27,004 men, 2,598 developed prostate cancer and 287 advanced prostate cancer.

The researchers noted that men who consumed isoflavones were more likely to develop prostate cancer.

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