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New Study Confirms Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Rising Prostate Cancer Risk

Filed July 12th, 2013 Laurie

Omega-3 fatty acids are a popular health supplement among health-conscious consumers who have been told the substance is useful for lowering both triglycerides and blood pressure. A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, however, shows it might increase a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer.

The new study confirms findings from 2011 that high levels of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were linked to a 71 percent increase in the risk of developing high grade prostate cancer. Omega-3’s were also linked to a 44 percent increased risk of low grade prostate cancer and a 43 percent increase overall for prostate cancer, according to NutraIngredients.com.

The study’s authors said they are uncertain why high levels of omega-3 fatty acids increase the risk for prostate cancer, but said confirmation of their findings from two large studies demonstrates the need for further research. “The consistency of these findings of both the 2011 study and the recent research are surprising because omega-3 fatty acids are generally believed to have a host of positive health effects based on their anti-inflammatory properties,” NutraIngredients.com reported.

Researchers culled data from male patients who had participated in the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), which was designed to determine whether selenium and vitamin E, either alone or combined, reduced the risk of prostate cancer, according to NutraIngredients.com.

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