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2 Your Health Study: Fish oil supplements raise prostate cancer risk

2 Your Health Study: Fish oil supplements raise prostate cancer

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The fish oil supplements that millions of American men take each day to cut their risk of heart disease might have a dark side, at least according to a study released today.

The new study, published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that men who have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their system face a 43 percent increased risk of developing prostate cancer and a 71 percent increased risk of the high-grade form of the disease.

The researchers relied on data from a past study that examined the blood concentrations of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in 834 men with prostate cancer and 1,393 men without prostate cancer. When they did this, these researchers found an association between high omega-3 levels and the occurrence of prostate cancer.

Whether the increased level of omega-3 in the men with prostate cancer was from supplements or from oily fish in their diet was unclear.

Physician and author Dr.  Ann Kulze, of Dr. Ann & Just Wellness, LLC offers the following recommendations to men as a result of this study.

1. If your healthcare provider recommended or prescribed fish oil supplements for you - talk to him or her first to find out whether you should continue taking them.

2.  Otherwise, strive to meet your body's requirements for omega 3 fats through your diet. it is generally best and safest to meet your nutrient requirements through food. consuming 2-3 servings of oily fish a week should provide most people sufficient amounts of omega 3 fats.

3. For any adult males, especially those who have taken high dose fish oil supplements for longer periods of time, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider to see if screening for prostate cancer is warranted in your case.

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