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Surprising findings on omega-3 fats, trans fats, and prostate cancer risk

Posted By Suzanne Rose On May 5, 2011

For men who are concerned about their prostate health, one consistent recommendation over the years has been to add to their diets healthy fats, like the omega-3 fats found in fatty fish, and to cut back on unhealthy fats, like trans and saturated fats. A report in the American Journal of Epidemiology muddies the waters on this.

A study of men taking part in the nationwide Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial found a link between high intake of heart-healthy omega-3 fats and increased risk of developing aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer, while high intake of artery-damaging trans fats was linked to a lower risk.

Should these results prompt men to scale back on fish and eat more processed food? No. Experts I talked with recommend staying the course when it comesĀ  to dietary fats. Read my full report on the Harvard Prostate Knowledge blog.

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