Jan 28

Omega-3 and Prostate Cancer

A certain study that relates omega-3 fatty acids in the increase risk of prostate cancer among men has been busted by most due to its inaccurate and irrelevant findings that has put the whole world in a panic since omega-3 fatty acids has become a staple supplement of many.

The publication of the study online has been called scaremongering and been labeled by some as relevant yet unsupported and based only in co relational findings thus making it critiqued by lots of experts.

The Sensationalism

The study result has been mostly sensationalized over the media and the internet making it the spotlight for about some time. But this isn’t likely so. Omega-3 cannot increase risk of prostate cancer and the study result presented is inconclusive.

Though some news make it appear so, the study did not focused in the fish oil supplements, nor even in eating fish and its relationship to prostate cancer. It did not compare the cancer risk of men who ate fish regularly or those men that took fish oil or omega-3 fatty acid supplements. There is no information or data gathered by any means to establish the intake of fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids in the study group.

The Study Focus

The study instead had looked into the blood levels of omega-3 fat acids among men who are enrolled in the Selenium and Vitamin E cancer prevention. The said prior study determines whether the combination of both supplements alone can lower the risk of prostate cancer.  The study then concluded based in the blood sample from men who have been diagnosed of prostate cancer already.

The research team focused on the phospholipids fatty acids which can tell the recently consumed omega-3 from fish oil but can’t be accurate since it has not been a long term intake.

The study is observational and the result has been mainly just correlational. No firm conclusion has been drawn nor has any type of evidence aside from association been established.

Why Prostate Cancer Risk can’t be Increased by Omega-3

The study did not exhibit the cause and effect pattern but the associational one. The correlation though won’t work due to the many significant other correlations in the study. Also, the study has the results based in the 0.2 difference in omega-3 levels in the blood. This, according to experts is inconsequential since this level in the blood can occur in just a previously eaten fish sandwich.

These conclusions have been reputed as well since some countries that have higher intake of omega-3 from fish diets don’t have the relevant data to support the rise of prostate cancer. And instead, in past studies, those who have been consuming more fishes and more omega-3 rich foods have even a lowered risk of any kind of cancer.

Thus, the news may have discouraged so many people a lot, but no. This has not been the case. Omega-3 fatty acids help a lot in the body and in health, and it will stay that way until proven otherwise by an irrefutable researches.

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