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Monday
Apr252011

Could Heart-Healthy Omega-3s Increase Risk for Prostate Cancer?

Paul Tearle/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Researchers are suggesting that high levels of Omega-3s, while great for heart health, may present higher risk for developing prostate cancer.  Additionally, increased levels of unhealthy trans-fatty acids may help to reduce prostate cancer risk.

After a nationwide analysis of more than 3,400 men, investigators found that those with the highest blood percentages of DHA  (an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid commonly found in fish) were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to develop prostate cancer than those with low DHA levels.

The researchers also reported having found a 50-percent lower risk for aggressive prostate cancer in men with high blood levels of trans-fatty acids (often associated with heart disease and found in processed food).

Authors of the study, published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology, noted that these fats were associated only with risks for low-grade prostate cancer.

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