Higher levels of calcium and vitamin D may help reduce BPH (enlarged prostate)
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors tested for a link between circulating nutrients and other factors related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. BPH is a common age-related condition that can cause urinary tract symptoms such as frequent and difficult urination. In the study, researchers measured the size of the prostate in 155 men without prostate cancer who were not taking medication for BPH.
Half the men had enlarged prostates and half did not. Doctors found that those with higher circulating levels of calcium, HDL cholesterol, sex-hormone markers, or vitamin D were all less likely to have BPH.
Discussing their findings, doctors said this study adds four new independent factors that may help reduce or prevent BPH, including calcium and vitamin D.
Reference: Journal of Urology; 2013, Vol. 190, No. 2:608-14