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Study: Risk of Prostate Cancer May Decrease with Selenium Levels

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Selenium is a naturally occurring mineral that is now being related to reduced risk of advanced prostate cancer in men. The Netherlands Cohort Study on diet and cancer enrolled 58,279 men who were 55 to 69 years old beginning in 1986, 898 of which were diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in the 17-year follow up review period.

The levels of selenium in patients’ toenails were used as the measurement source, as it reflected a more long-term exposure as opposed to blood levels. The men with greater toenail selenium had a substantially lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, as much as 60 percent lower.

Researchers noted that further studies are needed to confirm the results of their study before prevention trials may begin.

While the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes insufficient evidence, selenium supplementation may be recommended to some patients with other medical conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, and HIV. Doctors may recommend selenium for patients with severe deficiencies or patients with Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal diseases.

There are many natural supplements and chemicals that researchers find may benefit many of those suffering from disabling conditions. Before making any dietary changes or starting new supplements, though, a doctor should be consulted to ensure it does not interfere with your ongoing treatment.

Managing long-term disabling conditions can become costly with medications, therapy, and other necessary medical care. If you are facing a disabling condition that impairs your ability to perform substantial gainful activity you may qualify for long-term disability benefits.

To ensure you are getting the benefits you are entitled to, a disability representative at Disability Help Group is here to help. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.