Researchers are worried about the link between one of the popular micronutrients and the risk of cancer in men. The findings of the study were published in the JAMA journal. The study focused on vitamin E and selenium, their effects on the development of prostate cancer in relatively healthy men.
The study began in 2001 and was conducted among 35,533 men from 427 research centers in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In the initial analysis, 34,887 men were assigned to 4 groups. One of them was given only selenium, the other was given only vitamin E, the third was given both agents, and the fourth was given a placebo.
The study showed the following results: Compared with a placebo, where men developed 528 cases of prostate cancer, in the group receiving vitamin E this problem was diagnosed in 620 people. Where men received selenium, 575 had cancer, compared to 555 in the mixed micronutrient group.
“Compared with placebo, the absolute increase in the risk of prostate cancer per 1000 people was 1.6 for vitamin E, 0.8 for selenium and 0.4 for the combination,” the researchers write.
A study found that vitamin E supplementation (400 IU / day) was associated with a 17 percent increased risk of prostate cancer among men. So, the researchers concluded, dietary supplements with vitamin E significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men.
Of course, this does not mean that men should immediately abandon such a trace element – men still need to get the necessary and useful amount of vitamin E, following a varied and balanced diet. The main thing here is not to overdo it with taking vitamin E and use it strictly in the recommended dosages and in agreement with the doctor.
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