Recently there was a study that claimed fish oil supplments caused prostate cancer in men. It claimed:
This study confirms previous reports of increased prostate cancer risk among men with high blood concentrations of LCω-3PUFA.
I’m sure your eyebrows are already furrowed, and the skepticism is flying high. Well, you’re damn right to react like that, before even getting into the information. And note, I say information loosely.
This study is completely whack! The numbers and the so-called statistics, that the so-called scientists, in this so-called study, used, are beyond weak. But who doesn’t love a good media frenzy and something else to knock on in the supplement industry?
The premise of this study is that the scientists claim that eating fish oil (omega-3) supplements are hazardous. The study does not discuss nor mention the consequences of eating a high fish diet, particularly salmon, but rather focuses solely on the use of the capsules. Ya know, since they’re pills, they muuuuust be bad. Bullshit!
The study aboveconclusively tries to state that supplementing with omega-3 fish oil supplements, can raise high-grade prostate cancer chances by as much as 70%, and also can increase the chances of low-grade prostate cancer by 45%.
Forget the numerous, vast studies that were performed that show omega-3 fatty acids to reduce the risk of cancers. But no, no, no. THIS is the study that proves otherwise. The study, which separated patients in certain groups and what have you, contained very small groups, and not a large enough analysis to justify a conclusion of this magnitude. The differences in the accrued numbers between said groups, which obviously were given fish oil supplements, is so miniscule, it’s comical that this study was published.
So, between the lack of proper volunteers for the study, a lack of proper controls and variables, and the fact the scientists basically pulled information form previus, and poor, studies, just makes this one as laughable as it gets.
Of course everyone got in an uproar about it. The subjects were not even given omega 3 supplementation. Old studies and statistics were cited, and new statistics were selectively used to show that there was a rate of increase. Well, no shit! If you have control over the results of the experiment, then obviously your results will show positive feedback for whatever theory you are trying to prove or disprove.
Now here’s an article from BodyBuilding.com that goes more into depth about why this study is wrong on many levels.
Hey Jim, you recommend fish oil in all of your Bodybuilding.com trainers. Now I hear it might cause prostate cancer. What’s up?
I’ve been getting bombarded the last few days on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by people who want to know whether or not omega-3 fats cause prostate cancer. This is due to a brand new study that suggests—or “confirms,” depending on which headline you read—that they do.
Here’s my take: This “study” is completely bogus. I’ll get into the details in a second, but I wanted to be sure to call B.S. as quickly and clearly as possible. Sorry to be blunt, but it angers me when scientists publish weak statistical correlations that cause the media to get the public in a tizzy over the fake dangers of supplements.
Now that I have gotten that off my chest, let’s take a closer look at what makes this phony news story stink to high heaven.
Read the rest of this article on BodyBuilding.com – Ask The Supp Guru Special Edition: Does Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer?