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Heart-Healthy Omega-3s Not Healthy for Prostate: Study
Date:4/26/2011

ing the association between nutrition and the risk of various chronic diseases."

But, Brasky and his colleagues don't believe men who are concerned about heart disease should stop using fish oil supplements or eating salmon or other fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

"Overall, the beneficial effects of eating fish to prevent heart disease outweigh any harm related to prostate cancer risk," Brasky said. "What this study shows is the complexity of nutrition and its impact on disease risk, and that we should study such associations rigorously, rather than make assumptions."

Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a urology specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, added that, "Nutritionally, studies are very difficult to assess, since most of the participants take large amounts of the supplement being studied. Most physicians would recommend eating a healthy diet of fish, vegetables and fiber without overdoing supplements, as their benefit in one area may outweigh the risks in another."

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SOURCE: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, news release, April 25, 2011; April 25, 2011, American Journal of Epidemiology, online; Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., urology specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City


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