Omega 3 and Prostate Cancer RiskJuly 16, 20013
By Michael Lange OD, CNS
Recently the media has created a frenzy of alarming headlines attempting to link omega 3 to prostate cancer . This data was derived from questionable follow up data derived from a 2011 study called the SELECT Study. This study was developed to analyze selenium and vitamin e on prostate cancer it was not a study designed to look at omega 3 from supplements or diet. The study has no documentation of fish oil supplementation or fish consumption.
The study indicated that the men with the highest levels of omega 3 in their blood were the ones most likely to have prostate cancer. The results showed that slightly higher omega-3 plasma percentages from a single blood test were associated with a greater risk of low-grade (44%) and high-grade (71%) prostate cancers over multiple years of follow-up. The authors are concluding that men are at higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer if the plasma level of omega-3 is 4.7% versus 4.5%. This conclusion that men are at a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer based on a .2% difference in omega 3 levels is both ridiculous and reckless!!
Multiple good studies have been published proving that higher consumption of fish and omega 3 fatty acids may reduce prostate cancer numbers. It is clear that the reason the omega 3 levels were higher in the prostate cancer patients is because they were probably taking omega 3 supplements or eating fish more frequently than the control of healthy individuals. These patients have been told by their oncologist, urologist,cardiologist, GP and Optometrist to take omega 3 fish oil for its health benefits. People with disease usually take more supplements including omega 3 supplements. There is no cause and effect here at all!!
If this study had any truth to it then cultures that consume a lot of fish would have large numbers of prostate cancer but they have the lowest levels! I am astonished of the results that were allowed to be published based on very poor data in regards to omega 3.
Once again the conclusion drawn from this study that omega 3 causes prostate cancer in my opinion is both reckless and ridiculous. Omega 3 in the correct form at the right levels have positively impacted millions of people throughout the world!! So continue to eat good sources of fish and take a good omega 3 fish oil supplement.
This past Saturday I dedicated an entire hour from 9-10 am during my talk show “ask the Dr” discussing this study and the results. I have also been interviewed on multiple networks over the last week in regards to this study. I hope I was able to influence my listeners not to be afraid of omega 3 if you are a man!!
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Michael Lange OD, CNS