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Omega-3 Supplements Linked To Prostate Cancer

EnglishLady

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Taking health supplements with omega-3 fatty acids can increase the chances of contracting prostate cancer, according to new research.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found naturally in oily fish and lauded for their anti-inflammatory properties, were found to increase the risk of high-grade disease by 71%.

Taking omega-3 was also associated with a 44% greater chance of developing low-grade prostate cancer.
Overall, the fatty acids raised the risk of all prostate cancers by 43%.

A US team of scientists compared blood samples from 834 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,393 participants without the disease.
High blood concentrations of all three omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in supplements, EPA, DPA and DHA, were linked to the findings.

Senior report author Dr Alan Kristal told Sky News: "We looked at the marker in blood for the intake of these fatty acids and we found to our surprise that it was associated with increased risk of prostate cancer.
"If you took an omega-3 fatty acid pill, or a fish oil pill every day, you are at the highest risk group."

Writing in the online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the scientists said the evidence suggested that the fatty acids played a role in prostate cancer development.

People tempted to up their intake of omega-3, particularly by means of supplements, "should consider its potential risks".

Further research was needed to uncover the mechanisms that might cause omega-3 to drive prostate cancer, said the researchers.
Nutritionist Nicole Berberian told Sky News: "The fact is that just from this snapshot ... we can't actually say cause of effect, so there is a long way to go before we can say that the cause of this correlation is the actual intake of oily fish.
"So as yet, it is not a cause to panic."


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Taking omega-3 was also associated with a 44% greater chance of developing low-grade prostate cancer.
Men in their elder years, like me, almost always develop prostate cancer.

It is a part of dying ...... it only becomes an issue if it is aggressive.
 

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What's interesting is just how long it took them in the article to get to the information found in the final two paragraphs, a point after which 70% of people have long stopped reading.

Over the last few years there has been a small but steadily growing anti-fish oil movement, for some unexplained reason. Everybody's gotta have a cause, I guess. But there have been a smattering of reports starting that fish oil doesn't provide any health benefits whatsoever, and that out might be detrimental. Then you read the full reports and it's all inconclusive speculation.

Now we have one that says fish oil is directly associated with OMG! CANCER!!! until you read the details where it's all inconclusive, and if you look at the actual study, you'll see that the same correlation could be made with baldness, hair in your ears, and grumpiness.
 

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Now we have one that says fish oil is directly associated with OMG! CANCER!!! until you read the details where it's all inconclusive, and if you look at the actual study, you'll see that the same correlation could be made with baldness, hair in your ears, and grumpiness.
I'm 3 for 3, plus I have this funny shaped raised mole on my left arm. It kinda looks like a tire with wings. Anyone want to buy my van before I check out?
 
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