Vitamin E, Selenium Does Not Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

Cancer Research, News — By on November 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm

A major study looking at whether vitamin E and selenium protect men against prostate cancer has been suspended after data showed the nutrients didn’t reduce risk, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Monday.

The independent analysis of the $119 million study involving more than 35,000 men also suggested vitamin E and selenium may actually increase the risk for prostate cancer and diabetes, but officials said those findings may be a coincidence. The study organizers have started notifying participants to stop taking the pills they were taking for the trial.

All the men, age 50 and older, will continue to have their health monitored for about three years. The study was funded by the NIH after previous research indicated vitamin E and selenium may protect against prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men.

“The important message for consumers is that taking supplements, whether antioxidants or others, is not necessarily beneficial and could be harmful,” Eric Klein of the Cleveland Clinic, a study coordinator, told the Post. “You should not be taking them unless there is a rigorous scientific study that shows a benefit.”

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  • Greg Guzzetta says:

    Vitamin D3 has been conclusively shown to decrease all cause mortality. And the statement, “The important message for consumers is that taking supplements, whether antioxidants or others, is not necessarily beneficial and could be harmful.” is very far off base and does a definate disservice to the public.

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