Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Advanced Cancer - Got Hot Trends

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Advanced Cancer

Could taking a vitamin D supplement make it less likely that you will develop a cancer that spreads... or is deadly?

By Harvard Women's Health Watch   Image: Bernadette Wurzinger at Pixabay

A study published by JAMA Network Open provides some evidence this is the case.

Of the  25,000 men and women randomly assigned 2,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D each day, nearly 20% were less likely to have an advanced cancer.

That is, "less likely" compared to those who received a placebo.

"Advanced cancer" was defined here as one that metastasized... or proved fatal.

However, what researchers did not find is any indication that vitamin D supplements could prevent cancer altogether.

People taking vitamin D supplements risked being diagnosed with cancer... a risk level similar to those who took the placebo.

They were just less likely to have metastatic cancer or to die from it.

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