Omegas in the News

  Have you heard information regarding Omegas and a possible link to increased risk of prostate cancer? 

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Maybe you’ve been hearing about Omegas in the news lately. Not unusual, Omega 3’s are frequently touted for their considerable benefits to your health. Like you, we were surprised to hear about a recent study linking Omegas to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Since the publication of this study, many experts have warned that this study has significant flaws (i.e. over half of the subjects included were smokers, subjects had double the proportion of first-degree relatives with a history of prostatic cancer), and the claims made within are not accurate. In fact, research shows the incidence of prostate cancer in societies that consume high levels of Omega 3’s is very low. Likewise, there have been previous studies that have shown that Omegas actually offer protection against developing prostate cancer:

  •  A Harvard study of nearly 15,000 men has shown lower incidence of prostate cancer in men who had higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids
  • A 2004 study of over 47,000 men found lower incidence of prostatic cancer with increasing levels of EPA and DHA (found in Omega 3’s)

We are monitoring the information as it comes out, specifically by staying in contact with the Urological Society. Currently, their position pertaining to Omega 3 intake and prostate health has not changed based on this questionable study, and we will continue to monitor their guidelines.

We take your trust in us very seriously, and our patients’ health and wellness is always our priority. We continue to feel strongly that the intake of Omega 3 Pro™ is highly beneficial to your health.

 

[1] Chavarro JE, Stampfer MJ, Li H, Campos H, Kurth T, Ma J. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Jul 2007;16(7):1364-1370.

[1] Leitzmann MF, Stampfer MJ, Michaud DS, et al. The American journal of clinical nutrition. Jul 2004;80(1):204-216.

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