Cancer therapy may up heart disease, diabetes risk in men: Study

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Melbourne, May 15 (PTI) A cancer therapy -- considered to be gold-standard treatment -- is causing men to lose muscle mass and gain fat, putting them at increased risk of other disorders like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, a study has found.

Researchers from Deakin University in Australia showed men treated with hormone therapy for prostate cancer often had a dangerously high fat to muscle ratio.

The study said while the five-year survival rate for Australian men with prostate cancer was now 95 per cent, side-effects from the intense treatment regimen were becoming an increasing concern.

"Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are now living longer due to medical advancements, but are susceptible to a range of treatment side-effects," said Patrick Owen, lead author of the study published in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.