Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk

Originally published on the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute web site, July 12, 2013; Used with permission.

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland and Dr. Deanna M. Minich, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute

News of a study titled "Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial," published in July 2013, was been covered in the mainstream media leading to many online discussions and quite a bit of confusion.

In this video, Dr. Deanna Minich and Dr. Jeffrey Bland discuss what is known about this research by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and how the information should be put into context when considering the broad spectrum of information that is available about essential fatty acids.

Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk

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Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk

Study Abstract

Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial

Video References

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Additional References

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2. Marks LS, Kojima M, Demarzo A, Heber D, Bostwick DG, et al. Prostate cancer in native Japanese and Japanese-American men: effects of dietary differences on prostatic tissue. Urology. 2004;64(4):765-771.

3. Parks SY, Wilkens LR, Henning SM, Le Marchand L, Gao K, et al. Circulating fatty acids and prostate cancer risk in nested case-control study: the Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Causes Control. 2009;20(2):211-223.

4. Maskarinec G, Noh JJ. The effect of migration on cancer incidence among Japanese in Hawaii. Ethn Dis. 2004 Summer;14(3):431-439.


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About the Author

Dr. Deanna Minich

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally recognized, functional nutrition expert and author, who sees more to food than just calories, protein, fat, or carbohydrates. She is skilled and passionate about guiding people to make therapeutic lifestyle changes, including teaching them how food choices and the experience of eating impact ourRead more