Recent media coverage relating to study linking fish oils to increased risk of prostate cancer

Recent media coverage relating to the findings of a medical study which linked Omega 3 oils with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer has received much attention and commentary from both the public and medical professionals.

Details of the research by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle were recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study measured blood levels of omega-3 oils in more than 2,100 subjects including 843 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

This story is of particular interest in ophthalmology as studies have shown the benefits of Omega-3s in the diet to eye health, in particular to help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.

Omega-3s are found naturally in oily fish and are a very popular health supplement because of their anti-inflammatory properties. The Eye Doctors of Ireland encourage people to eat a healthy and balanced diet, rich in natural sources of vitamins and nutrients. A diet rich in antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage and certain eye conditions such as cataract and age-related Macular Degeneration.

For more advice on natural sources of food which are good for eye health and other tips for protecting your vision see 'Your Sight, Our Vision'

The following link is to an informative online commentary piece by urologist Dr David Quinlan.

An Irish Medical Times reader's opinion:

8th August 2013