Hypertriglyceridemia as a possible risk factor for prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2005;8(4):316-20. doi: 10.1038/sj.pcan.4500834.


We retrospectively studied anthropometric and laboratory parameters (including serum triglycerides, cholesterol), as well as comedication in 504 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer between January 1997 and August 2002 at a single referral center, and compared these patients with 565 age-matched patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. A positive correlation was found between serum triglycerides and prostate cancer (odds ratio: 1.148/mmol/l; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.003-1.315; P<0.05) after correcting for age, body mass index, diabetes and comedication with statins. Hypertriglyceridemia may increase the risk of prostate cancer, and the prognostic relevancy of serum triglycerides should be studied prospectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Humans
  • Hypertriglyceridemia / blood
  • Hypertriglyceridemia / complications*
  • Hypertriglyceridemia / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Odds Ratio
  • Prognosis
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / blood*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol