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Vitamin E May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk
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Vitamin E May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

Just weeks after a study revealed that many vitamins and supplements can be hazardous to a postmenopausal woman’s life, a new study is revealing that Vitamin E is potentially just as dangerous to a man. That research study, performed by the Cleveland Clinic was initially designed to look at potential benefits of Vitamin E and/or Selenium to prostate health. Researchers were shocked by the actual results.

Dr. Eric Klein, the Chairman of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic and the lead author of that study, said that according to his team’s research, there was no benefit nor associated risks with selenium, a trace mineral that is typically found in food sources in adequate amounts with no need for supplementation. Klein was more surprised by the discovery that Vitamin E substantially increased the risk of prostate cancer in the men who took it.

In the study, 2000 men were asked to either take 400 international units of Vitamin E every day or to take none at all. In the men who were taking the vitamin, there were over seventy new cases of prostate cancer, almost twenty percent more than the group that did not take any at all. Klein notes that on average, half of all of the men in the United States who are over the age of sixty take Vitamin E supplements, usually in addition to their multivitamins which may also contain some Vitamin E as well. About one quarter of those men take the same amount of Vitamin E that the men in the study too, 400 IU per day. The typical multivitamin has a much smaller amount, smaller than the recommended amount, in fact. The men in the study were taking nearly twenty percent more than is recommended for daily intake.

This study is another blow in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. The US Prevention Services Task Force dealt a staggering blow by announcing that the standardized PSA blood screening test is no longer the recommended standard and that the test may cost more in terms of further testing and pain than is beneficial. That recommendation, based on a survey that looked at five clinical trials is likely to change the treatment plans of men over the age of fifty, once considered to be the age when the first PSA should be scheduled. The recommendations of this task force are typically followed in the medical community with very few exceptions.

Advocates have vowed to fight back against these recommendations, just like what happened two years ago. The same task force made the suggestion that women in their forties did not need routine mammograms. That announcement caused protests and the decision was reversed.

In addition to prostate cancer survivors from every walk of life, drug makers and doctors are also protesting the decision based on the money they would stand to lose by no longer performing the PSA blood test. Even congress has gotten into the fray, suggesting that the suggestion sounded much like health care rationing.


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I just saw an article yesterday by a well known doctor that sighted clinical studies that showed very little or no benefit at all from supplemental vitamin E. So your research appears good. Nice article.

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