Find out about weight and prostate cancer and how to aim for a healthy weight.
Weight and prostate cancer
There is some evidence to suggest that staying within the healthy weight range helps you to feel better and stay well.
Some research has suggested that men who are overweight or obese are more likely to die as a result of their prostate cancer. Men who are overweight may have more aggressive disease and have a higher risk of recurrence.
It is not known whether men who are overweight at diagnosis will definitely reduce the risk of their prostate cancer coming back by losing weight. Research is looking into this.
Men who are overweight or obese should try to lose weight because it can help them to feel better. It can also reduce the risk of heart problems. Men who have had prostate cancer are at higher risk of heart problems.
You can find out whether your weight is within the healthy range by working out your body mass index, or BMI. Or you could measure your waist.
If you are underweight and struggling to put on weight, you should ask for specific advice from your doctor or dietitian.
How to aim for a healthy weight
Eating a healthy well balanced diet and being active will help you to work towards, or maintain, a healthy weight.
Coping with cancer and its treatment can be difficult. It may be hard to think about making changes to your diet or becoming more active. Talk to your nurse, doctor or dietitian if you need help and support. They can help you to set realistic, safe goals that are you are able to achieve.
For some men, a realistic goal may be to lose a certain amount of weight, rather than to achieve their ideal body weight or BMI.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t always lose the weight you want to. Even some weight loss can help improve the way you feel and has health benefits.
Questions you may want to ask your doctor
- What support is available in my area to help me lose weight?