Supplements and Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know

By: Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH | Posted on: 11 Sep 2015

Supplements and Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know

Statin drugs, aspirin and metformin are heart-healthy drugs and are used to prevent cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Research is starting to suggest they could help prevent prostate cancer, and cut the risk of dying from this disease. In general, it is safe to say that heart healthy = prostate healthy.

Almost all heart-healthy lifestyle changes could cut the risk of prostate cancer. These lifestyle changes include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Having a good diet that includes fiber

  • Exercising

Though aspirin is beginning to get research for likely lowering the risk of dying from prostate cancer, please do not pop an aspirin a day if you're only worried about prostate cancer. It could be more harm than good if your risk for cardiovascular problems is low.

Talk to your doctor about your risk for heart disease. If your risk is high, baby aspirin may work for you, but if it's low, the side effects may not be worth it.

About the Author

Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, is the Jenkins/Pokempner director of complementary and alternative medicine in the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He is the primary author of more than 130 medical journal articles on the subjects of lifestyle changes and supplements (more than any other expert) and has given more than 5,000 medical lectures to consumers and health care professionals. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the author of 11 books, including The Supplement Handbook: A Trusted Expert's Guide to What Works and What's Worthless for More Than 100 Conditions.