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Calcium intake in prostate cancer

Especially useful in androgen deprivation therapy Urologists should recommend a daily calcium intake of more than 1000 mg to patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy. Scientists came to this conclusion … in a study that was carried out on 372 men with prostate carcinoma without evidence of metastases.

266 men were treated with androgen deprivation therapy (71.5%). Bone density measurements and the evaluation of standardised questionnaires on daily calcium intake were carried out. It was found that the subjects’ daily calcium intake was barely half of the calcium requirement recommended by the National Institute of Health for men.

Patients with androgen deprivation had a significantly higher rate of osteoporosis than those without this treatment. The researchers are concerned that the results of the study can be generalised and that the majority of men with prostate cancer have poor bone health.

Source: Planas J, Morote J, Orsola A, et al. 2007. The relationship between daily calcium intake and bone mineral density in men with prostate cancer. BJU Int 99:812-816