Have you heard about Vitamin E? What to do now?

Okay, I’ve got a grip on my schedule

Famous last words I know.  Spread the word, Life Coach Doug is going to start blogging more.

If you are a man, today’s blog is for you.  If you know a man, are in love with a man or have a brother or father or even an uncle…pass this info along.  For further information I have provided an important link at the end of the blog.

Over the years people have taken supplements of vitamin E for various diseases and disorders, such as: coronary artery disease, cancer and eye disorders. 

Have you heard the news about vitamin E?  Apparently, a research study was done on a group of men over a period of 5 years.  50% were given Vitamin E and the other half were given a placebo.

The men taking the vitamin E were found to be at risk 17% more for having prostate cancer.  YIKES!  They are not sure why as yet.  Practically speaking, this means for every 1,000 men who take vitamin E, 76 men get cancer, compared with 65 if they were taking placebo.

 If you have been taking vitamin E and if you are a male between 40-75 you should discuss it with your doctor and probably get screened. The goal of screening for prostate cancer is to find it early, in the hope that it can be treated more effectively.

Prostate cancer can often be found early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. Another way to find prostate cancer early is the digital rectal exam (DRE).

 If prostate cancer is found during screening with the PSA test or DRE, your cancer will likely be at an early, more treatable stage than if no screenings were done.

 The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are for 2011:

 * About 240, 890 new cases of prostate cancer 

 * About 33,720 deaths from prostate cancer

 The new finding comes on the heels of a study released last Monday that found that dietary supplements — including multivitamins, which often contain vitamin E are associated with poor health in older women.  We’ll have to keep an eye on vitamin E.

So what are we to do? 

I have a good idea of what I am going to do.  Allow me to share… 

There is not a lot of evidence that, for healthy people who eat a normal diet, taking supplementary vitamins is beneficial, so I am going to continue to eat my lean and green meals, drink my water and keep reading the web sites/newspapers for the latest reports and studies, for you and for me.

                  Life Coach Doug,

For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

For more information about me go to www.LifeCoachDoug.com


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