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October 17, 2011
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Bonnie and Steve.
Supplements Increase Mortality,
Prostate Risk. Really? Uh, no.
We felt the need to address
the media tsunami regarding a recent
Archives of Internal Medicine
study showing a slightly elevated
risk of mortality in older female
supplement users compared with
One rule of thumb.
When every media outlet in the
country is in lock-step as they were
on this story, one must wonder if
they actually read the study. We
did. Here's what we found:
Direct quote from the study:
"Compared with nonusers, supplement
users had a LOWER prevalence of
diabetes mellitus, high blood
pressure, and smoking status; a
lower BMI and waist to hip ratio;
and were less likely to live on a
farm. Supplement users had higher
educational level, were more
physically active, and were more
likely to use estrogen replacement
therapy. Also, supplement users were
more likely to have lower intake of
energy, total fat, and
monounsaturated fatty acids,
saturated fatty acids, and to have
higher intakes of protein,
carbohydrates, polyunsaturated fatty
acids, alcohol, whole grain
products, fruits, and vegetables."
So why was there no mention
about supplemental benefit for many
of these lifestyle factors? The lead
researcher of the study has
published negative, questionable
research on supplements before, only
to be proven wrong years later (i.e.
beta carotene and vitamin A).
There were several factors in
the supplement group that needed to
be addressed: taking synthetic
estrogen, not eating enough
monounstaurated fat, eating too much
polyunsaturated (inflammatory) fat,
and eating too many carbs. All of
these factors contribute to heart
disease and cancer. It is
fascinating to note that when
researchers excluded supplement
users who had CVD and diabetes, the
supplements did not show any adverse
affect on mortality. So, in essence,
the supplement users were better off
than the nonusers based upon the
aforementioned lifestyle factors.
What does this say? That
researchers can extrapolate data
however they see fit, especially
from a questionnaire-based study.
For example, we can extrapolate from
this study that if you looked solely
at supplement users who were most
likely to take synthetic estrogen,
most likely to eat inflammatory fats
and carbs, and who ate the least
amount of monounsaturated fats, we
guarantee that mortality risk would
skyrocket. Even more egregious is
that the researchers did not remove
subjects who used synthetic
estrogen, which has been proven to
greatly increase the risk of CVD and
cancer. This should be enough to
discredit the study outright.
There was also no mention of the
brands of vitamins that were
consumed. If many of them were
loaded with preservatives such as
Centrum, then all bets are off.
The media did get what it
needed, however. Any time they can
jump on a study discrediting
supplements, they are all over it.
Here are the details of the AIM
The same day as
the aforementioned study came out, a
JAMA study, which had been
previously discredited for its
design, found that vitamin E may
slightly increase prostate cancer
risk. The study was poorly designed
and used only synthetic alpha
tocopherol, not natural, mixed
tocopherol vitamin E. Any
nutritional expert worth their salt
knows that supplemental vitamin E
needs to be dispensed as natural
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2011 Bonnie Minsky Award Winner
The Bonnie C. Minsky Award
provides tuition support to students
whose research and educational
interest focus on nutrition,
maternal and child health, women's
health or healthy aging at UIC
School of Public Health, where
Bonnie received her master's.
This year's winner,
Yuka Asada, is registered
dietitian and PhD candidate in the
Maternal and Child Health program
within the Community Health Sciences
Division. As an international
student, Yuka is unable to apply for
financial aid, so this award allows
her to spend more time on her