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Folate Helps Impede Prostate Cancer

old message Folate Helps Impede Prostate Cancer Darrell Miller 06/20/06


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Date: June 20, 2006 10:58 AM
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Subject: Folate Helps Impede Prostate Cancer

According to research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (2006, Vol. 163, no 11: 989-996), folate helped reduce the severity of prostate cancer in men. A team of researchers examined the association between folate intake and prostate cancer among more than 65,800 men from the cancer prevention study II Nutrition Cohort. During nine years of follow-up, 5,158 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Dietary folate levels in this group ranged from less than 204 micrograms per day in men with the lowest levels to more than 347 micrograms per day in men with the highest levels. Total folate intake ranted from 223 micrograms per day to more than 640 micrograms per day. While no significant association was observed between folate intake and overall prostate cancer risk, higher folate levels did appear to curb the risk of advanced prostate cancer. The findings also suggested that even a small increase in folate intake reduced the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.



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