Multivitamins and prostate cancer: A new worry?

To explore the link between multivitamins and prostate cancer, scientists at the National Cancer Institute studied 295,344 men who participated in the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study. At the start of the study, the men were between the ages of 50 and 71 and free of cancer. After five years of follow-up, scientists found no link between multivitamin use and the risk of developing localized prostate cancer. But compared with men who did not take multivitamins, men who took them more than seven times a week were 32% more likely to develop advanced prostate cancer and 98% more likely to die from the disease.

The results are cause for concern, but not alarm. The apparent link between heavy multivitamin use and advanced or fatal prostate cancer was strongest in men with a family history of the disease (who have an increased risk already) and those who took one or more additional supplements. Men who take lots of supplements may have premonitory symptoms or other reasons to worry about their prostate. The study was not designed to determine whether the vitamins caused the cancers. Nor did it learn which multivitamins the men took, how long they had been taking them, or whether they continued to use them during the follow-up period.

Source: Lawson KA, Wright ME, Subar A, et al. Multivitamin Use and Risk of Prostate Cancer in the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2007;99:754–64. PMID: 17505071.

Below are spiritual recipe for health and wellness: Matthew E. McLaren

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 

Do everything in love.1 Corinthians 16:14 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:14 

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2 

We love because He first loved us.1 John 4:19 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8 

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. Ephesians 3:16-17 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9  NIV

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1Corinthians 13:2 NIV

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