Fats blamed in bogus prostate risk
The "fat police" are at it again. This time, researchers are accusing dietary fat of increasing your risk of prostate cancer.
Please -- this study is as bogus as the PSA test itself.
Researchers claimed to have studied the diets of 512 men with prostate cancer and 838 healthy men...and found the highest intakes of total fat were associated with a 153 percent increase in prostate cancer risk.
They said it didn't matter if the fats were saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats -- fat in any form upped the risk.
That's it, scrap the meat and load up on veggies right?
Not so fast. Despite all those numbers being thrown around like they might actually mean something, there was not a shred of real science behind this study, which somehow slipped into the pages of the British Journal of Nutrition.
Must have been a slow month for article submissions.
The study wasn't based on a careful analysis of dietary fat in each eater. It was based on a food frequency questionnaire. If you want to know how accurate those are, try to recall everything you ate, how often you ate those foods, and how much of them you ate each time.
Now try to get 1,350 people to do that.
See my point?
You can link almost anything you want to prostate tumors -- but they're still not going to hurt most people.
The problem isn't the tumors. It's the overreaction and over-treatment. The fact is, people get cancers all the time -- and in most cases, they never do any harm. In any given year, prostate cancer claims around 200,000 lives -- on the entire planet. More people are struck by lightning.
The best way to lower your risk for prostate cancer is to not get screened in the first place...because in this case, what you don't know usually won't kill you.
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