Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Fish oil, Omega-3 causes huge increase in risk of prostate cancer
Insidecostarica ^

Posted on 07/16/2013 6:41:52 PM PDT by chessplayer

(AFP) – US scientists said Wednesday they have confirmed a surprising 2011 study that found a higher risk of prostate cancer among men who consume omega-3 fatty acids, raising new questions about the safety of supplements.

The research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a 71 percent higher risk for dangerous high-grade prostate cancer among men who ate fatty fish or took fish-oil supplements, which are often touted for their anti-inflammatory properties.

A large European study also found the same omega-3 and prostate cancer link.

(Excerpt) Read more at insidecostarica.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cancer; fishoil; health; males; omega3; prostate; supplements
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-97 next last
So much for the once touted health benefits of seafood and Omega-3. It's not just supplements, but eating fish itself. Looks like eating fish as often as only once a week is unhealthy. The low rate of cancer in Asian peoples was always credited to their high intake of Omega-3/seafood. Maybe it's something else in their diet thats been overlooked, and it's not the seafood. Something else thats counteracting the Omega-3.
1 posted on 07/16/2013 6:41:52 PM PDT by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Not so fast:

http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/fish_oil_prostate_cancer/


2 posted on 07/16/2013 6:46:13 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
its incredible the knots they have us tied in...don't eat cereal....EAT cereal instead of eggs....eat eggs...eat lots of meat and no carbs...EAT whole grains....Fish oil...Fish oil...fish oil...

but no salt...no sugar..especially that evil HFCS....

3 posted on 07/16/2013 6:47:45 PM PDT by cherry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

This study brought to you by those who gave us global cooling, global warming, climate change, eggs are unhealthy, a fetus isn’t a baby, a fetus can’t feel pain, and shrimp on treadmills!


4 posted on 07/16/2013 6:48:22 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Abigail Adams

Nonsense. I’m inclined to at least be skeptical of this new finding, but certainly not with the tendentious crap you just linked to!!


5 posted on 07/16/2013 6:48:50 PM PDT by Mamzelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Sorry - but this is just total B.S. Who FUNDED the research ? Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils cannot be patented ... no big money for Big Pharma...

Follow the money lost to natural remedies by Big Pharma ...


6 posted on 07/16/2013 6:50:07 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Who are you gonna believe?

Fish Oil Increases Risk for Prostate Cancer, New Study?

7 posted on 07/16/2013 6:50:11 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

If this study is correct, my instincts were correct. My own observation tells me vigorous exercise works lot better than supplements for heart health. My BP is lower, my blood sugar is lower, my arrhythmia has disappeared, my hip joint pain has disappeared, my knee pain has disappeared, my lower back pain is much improved, my weight is down to normal, without taking any omega-3 supplements or any other supplements. All I do is walk at least 3 times a week 18 holes on different golf courses. Only time I use a riding cart is when the course is very hilly, and temperature is above 77 degrees Farenheit.


8 posted on 07/16/2013 6:50:12 PM PDT by entropy12 (Even tho Obama is now a lame duck, with 2014 House majority, he will be a dangerously socialist!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle

So, you are inclined NOT to be skeptical of the information provided at the link?


9 posted on 07/16/2013 6:53:56 PM PDT by Misterioso (It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Everyone should know what the federal government’s diet recommendations are, and should do the opposite.


10 posted on 07/16/2013 6:55:34 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

WAit a minute, that stuff was the greatest invention since sliced bread, right?


11 posted on 07/16/2013 6:55:39 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cherry

“its incredible the knots they have us tied in...don’t eat cereal....EAT cereal instead of eggs....eat eggs...eat lots of meat and no carbs...EAT whole grains....Fish oil...Fish oil...fish oil...”

Eat whatever the hell you want because in the end we’re all going to die anyway.


12 posted on 07/16/2013 6:55:54 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

You would also have to compare how an increased risk of prostate cancer compares to a decreased risk of heart disease - if any. It kills about 1 in 36, although most men over 80 will have cancer cells in their prostate. So if it helps with heart disease, it may still be well worth it.

I did find this interesting:

“Race. Prostate cancer occurs about 60% more often in African American men than in white American men and when diagnosed is more likely to be advanced. However, Japanese and African males living in their native countries have a low incidence of prostate cancer. Rates for these groups increase sharply when they immigrate to the U.S.”

http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/guide/prostate-cancer-risk-factors

That would seem to indicate something other than eating fish is to blame.


13 posted on 07/16/2013 6:59:12 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Misterioso
I'm inclined to be skeptical of the notion that supplements cause prostate cancer. This should be verifiable by examining cultures that eat a lot of oily fish.

I found the tone and the demeanor of the linked article to be tendentious and untrustworthy. Particularly the idiocy about ICUs.

14 posted on 07/16/2013 6:59:24 PM PDT by Mamzelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Being alive increases the risk of death. Still a 100% chance.


15 posted on 07/16/2013 6:59:31 PM PDT by cll (Serviam!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I doubled down on Omega 3-6-9 combo capsules upon reading this study.


16 posted on 07/16/2013 7:00:27 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goodwithagun

Bingo!


17 posted on 07/16/2013 7:01:11 PM PDT by hope_dies_last
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Abigail Adams

>> Not so fast

That was fast! Great debunking job.

Although I’m kinda sad to see the source “Insidecostarica” brought low... I mean, that’s where I go for *all* of my in-depth science information.

As a side anecdote... been eating fish for YEARS. I heart fish! Especially sushi. And especially high-omega3-fatty-fish like mackeral and salmon. My LDL cholesterol is low, my HDL is high, and yet my prostate remains the size of a grapefruit, just like it was when I was 20. :-)


18 posted on 07/16/2013 7:02:53 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

this is bs, has been refuted....


19 posted on 07/16/2013 7:02:55 PM PDT by Coleus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle

Did you look at ANY of the links....????


20 posted on 07/16/2013 7:03:21 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Abigail Adams

From your link...

“The study in question proves nothing. It is looking at a data set of men that were in a vitamin E and selenium study. It is relying on measurements of fatty acids between those with prostate cancer and those without that it is essentially meaningless. For example, the study uses plasma amounts of fatty acids, which fluctuate readily with the last meal consumed. A good study would use the red blood cell level of fatty acids that are an accurate indicator of actual omega 3 consumption in the past 4-6 weeks. There is no knowledge of the dietary intake or the supplement intake of omega 3 for any participant (yet the researchers try to blame supplements).

The difference in the plasma fatty acid levels in the prostate cancer group versus the non-prostate cancer group was .2 percent, virtually nothing. Extrapolating data from such a meaningless starting point is irrelevant. As is ignoring an overwhelming body of science on the health benefits of essential fatty acids.

The actual headline of this study should be that “smoking reduces the risk for prostate cancer.” The clearest association found in their data was that the more a man smoked the less risk for prostate cancer he had. Wow. Does anyone believe that?”


21 posted on 07/16/2013 7:03:43 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” - Tacitus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I have been eating loads of ocean fish since my youth. I’ve been taking fish oil and Omega 3 - 6 for close to 40 years.

My prostate (according to a Doctor to examines them for a living) is perfect.

.....and I’m a year older than Joe Theismann.


22 posted on 07/16/2013 7:04:23 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hope_dies_last

And allow me to add that now there is conflicting info, honestly discovered or not, many new government grants (our taxes) can be applied for.


23 posted on 07/16/2013 7:04:55 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

You’re not supposed to gorge on the stuff. When it’s added to something like Healthy Choice butter substitute or similar it is a benefit.


24 posted on 07/16/2013 7:05:11 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I guess it makes your Prostate want to swim upstream.


25 posted on 07/16/2013 7:05:30 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stormdog

If the thunder don’t get you, then the lightning will.


26 posted on 07/16/2013 7:05:41 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats, the party of moral hazard.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle

One person’s “tendentiousness” is another person’s path to health. :-)


27 posted on 07/16/2013 7:05:45 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Coleus

Inuits from the early 1900’s have had the highest fish oil consumption among humans. They have also had almost zero prostate cancer. When they immigrate to industrial societies/diets their prostate cancer approaches
that of other industrialized diets. You can click on the links that follow.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2359466/Taking-omega-3-fish-oil-supplements-increase-risk-aggressive-prostate-cancer-70.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Alan+Kristal+omega+3

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19186765

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18214857

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14504206

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8813066

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6317154

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6933247

Click here to R


28 posted on 07/16/2013 7:06:35 PM PDT by kruss3 (Kruss3@gmail.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

The assessment of increased prostate cancer risk is statistically unsound. The antioxidant effects of omega 3 and the “vascular biology” cocktail of supplements/meds to reduce inflammation of arterial walls of the heart vessels—outweigh the so called “risk” . Cold water fish eating populations, with a genetic exception of Finland, by and large have very low heart disease rate. Finland has vodka to offset the effect, and they smoke like chimneys.


29 posted on 07/16/2013 7:06:46 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goodnesswins

It’s absurd to think that Big Pharma would waste time and money publishing lies about supplements. That supplements might be linked to increased prostate cancer might be explained through other means. But what that has to do with antibiotic resistant infections is stupid and irrelevant, and as far as I’m concerned , and leads me to refuse to take it seriously.


30 posted on 07/16/2013 7:06:47 PM PDT by Mamzelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle

>> This should be verifiable by examining cultures that eat a lot of oily fish.

“Japanese and mainland Chinese men have the lowest rates of prostate cancer. “

Source: http://www.upmccancercenter.com/cancer/prostate/epidemiology.cfm


31 posted on 07/16/2013 7:07:45 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
I've decided that I'm going to eat whatever the hell I want and live forever.

So far...so good.

32 posted on 07/16/2013 7:07:59 PM PDT by SamAdams76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I’m skeptical of supplements because conventional USA heath care wisdom says if they were really good for you, they should be costing 100x as much and boosting the profits of big Pharma and padding the FDA coffers who work for big Pharma.

(sarcasm intended)

Realistically we’ve become a country where almost everything we see or read in the news is a potential fix, a ruse, propaganda, and a scam, and so little is objective and honest. I watched this movie at the recommendation of an internist who is as cynical as I am. I don’t trust the FDA or MSM or drug companies. http://burzynskimovie.com/


33 posted on 07/16/2013 7:08:28 PM PDT by apoliticalone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Abigail Adams

Knock yourself out. But hyper emotionalism is a pothole in that path...


34 posted on 07/16/2013 7:09:06 PM PDT by Mamzelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Stormdog

Eat whatever the hell you want because in the end we’re all going to die anyway.


So you don’t care if you shorten your possible lifespan by say, 20-30 years by eating crap simply because everyone eventually dies anyway? Wow.


35 posted on 07/16/2013 7:09:26 PM PDT by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: goodwithagun

Doctors brought us global warming?


36 posted on 07/16/2013 7:10:13 PM PDT by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: entropy12

exercise and eat decent , none of this “Well I can eat fry ups all the time because I have a tablet for it”


37 posted on 07/16/2013 7:12:25 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
The study is bogus:

Omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer? Oh, really?
38 posted on 07/16/2013 7:12:30 PM PDT by Ragnar54 (Obama replaced Osama as America's worst enemy and Al Qaeda's financier)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: entropy12

walk 3 times a week??? how about all day every day

that’s exercise


39 posted on 07/16/2013 7:13:13 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I do not have a dog in the prostate cancer fight, ahem. But I do find if I take a couple Omega-3s a day (I use plant-based not fish) it does help with mental clarity and focus. And it keeps my coat glossy. Maybe it’s just me.


40 posted on 07/16/2013 7:13:44 PM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

The second word in the article is “scientists”; however, they might very well be doctors as Ph.Ds are referred to as doctors.


41 posted on 07/16/2013 7:14:59 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Abigail Adams

As many men are on fish oil supplements(for the past 20 years) it would only seem logical that there would of been and explosion of prostrate cancer seen. I see no evidence of that.

Thanks for the counter article. I have been looking for a good one about the OP study.


42 posted on 07/16/2013 7:15:58 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

Life is fatal.


43 posted on 07/16/2013 7:16:15 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

FWIW, my doctor just took me off fish oil supplements after several years of ingesting 4000 mg daily.

I have a family history of heart problems and am on cholesterol medicine.


44 posted on 07/16/2013 7:17:36 PM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

I will keep taking mine.
My annual CT following the growth of an aortic aneurysm found a 70-80% blocked kidney artery. My daughter (an ER trauma nurse) told me to take Krill oil. Within 2 years the artery blockage reduced first to 60%, then disappeared altogether. Color me a believer that antioxidants in the omega-3 kill free radicals that cause artery buildup.


45 posted on 07/16/2013 7:18:09 PM PDT by redcatcherb412
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle

I’m inclined to be skeptical of the notion that supplements cause prostate cancer.


They did not say it’s just supplements. They said eating fish itself increases risk. And if people don’t like the link I posted, google “omega-3 increases prostate cancer risk.” And this isn’t a new study. It confirms older studies.


46 posted on 07/16/2013 7:19:30 PM PDT by chessplayer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer

This kind of stuff is irritating.
There is a 100% increase in death after birth. That’s not giving birth, but being born. We’re gonna die!


47 posted on 07/16/2013 7:23:41 PM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mamzelle
You said...."It’s absurd to think that Big Pharma would waste time and money publishing lies about supplements."

....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA....BAAWWWAHHHHHHHHHH Don't know much about the FDA do ya....

48 posted on 07/16/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
So much for the once touted health benefits of seafood and Omega-3. It's not just supplements, but eating fish itself. Looks like eating fish as often as only once a week is unhealthy. The low rate of cancer in Asian peoples was always credited to their high intake of Omega-3/seafood.

I don't see the evidence for any of this, nor have the scientists who performed the study made any such claims. The study found a correlation between Omega-3 levels in the blood and the incidence of prostate cancer. The study did not target people who eat fish or take Omega-3 supplements, and in fact men taking supplements would have far higher levels than those in the study - for all we know, men who have a genetic pre-disposition to develop prostate cancer also have some genetic pre-disposition to accumulate slightly higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in their blood from any foods in their diet.

The news media loves to draw sweeping, dramatic conclusions from scientific studies they don't understand - Exhibit A being global warming. I'll continue to have my smoked salmon for breakfast.
49 posted on 07/16/2013 7:27:18 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chessplayer
Some time ago there was a scare with regard to L-trytophan.

It ended up not being the L-tryptophan, but the impurities in some of the supplements that contained it.

So for years L-trytophan got a bad name.

I don't know enough about Omega-3's and their manufacturers, but it could be that Omega-3 is fine, it's just that it's combined with crap.

The supplement industry refuses to be regulated. Every study that has come out in the past few years basically says supplements are bogus. My guess is that well made supplements can provide benefits, but there is so much junk on the market that the average effect is either neutral or negative.

Not that the FDA is such a great organization, but if the few quality supplement manufacturers would agree to be regulated by the FDA and provide decent products at reasonable prices they might start getting good press and good test results and distance themselves from the charlatans that cry 'free market, free market' whenever anyone challenges the safety and effectiveness of their products.

50 posted on 07/16/2013 7:27:46 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-97 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson