Michigan State University physicians have found that vitamin D, if taken for at least three years, could help cancer patients live longer.
The findings suggest that the vitamin carries significant benefits other than just contributing to healthy bones and were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting on June 3, 2019.
In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Vitamin D had a significant effect on lowering the risk of death among those with cancer, but unfortunately it didn’t show any proof that it could protect against getting cancer,” said Tarek Haykal, a lead author on the study and an internal medicine resident physician at Michigan State University and Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan.
The researchers looked at data related to disease prevention from more than 79,000 patients in multiple studies that randomly compared the use of vitamin D to a placebo over at least a three-year period. Haykal and his team zeroed in on any information that involved cancer incidence and mortality.
“The difference in the mortality rate between the vitamin D and placebo groups was statistically significant enough that it showed just how important it might be among the cancer population,” Haykal said.
While these findings show promise, Haykal cautioned that the exact amount of the vitamin to take and what levels are needed in the blood are still unknown. He also said that it’s unclear how much longer vitamin D extends lifespan and why it has this result.
“There are still many questions and more research is needed,” Haykal said. “All we can say is that at least three years of taking the supplement is required to see any effect.”
Results show enough promise, however, that Haykal would like to see more doctors, especially oncologists, prescribe vitamin D to patients in general.
“We know it carries benefits with minimal side effects, he said. “There’s plenty of potential here.”
Learn more: VITAMIN D COULD HELP CANCER PATIENTS LIVE LONGER
The Latest on: Vitamin D
via Google News
The Latest on: Vitamin D
- Vitamin E chemical is 'key focus' in vaping illness investigation, health officials sayon September 6, 2019 at 11:26 am
(CNN) -- An investigation into the link between vaping and severe lung illnesses has yielded the discovery of extremely high levels of the chemical vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing ...
- Too much vitamin D may reduce bone density, say scientistson September 6, 2019 at 7:47 am
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. This is universally agreed upon. We also know vitamin D is manufactured in our skin cells when exposed to as little as 10-15 minutes of the summer sun over ...
- Vitamin D deficiency symptoms: The sign on your head you could lack the ‘sunshine vitamin'on September 6, 2019 at 3:45 am
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms can occur if a person lacks what’s been nicknamed the ‘sunshine vitamin’. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors, and from late March ...
- Is It Time to Give Up on Vitamin D Supplementation in Infancy?on September 5, 2019 at 9:18 pm
Some studies—both observational and randomized—have teased a potential link between vitamin D deficiency in mothers or infants and later development of atopic diseases. But those results have been ...
- Chase your vitamin D target this quarteron September 5, 2019 at 12:56 pm
Here are tips on how working professionals can best incorporate quick routines and foods that will help them get more Vitamin D into their system. With the advent of globalisation, there are various ...
- A role for vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in major depression? An exploration using genomicson September 5, 2019 at 6:25 am
Individual-level data analyses were based on 2047 unrelated participants (67.2% females) of European ancestry from the NESDA. Detailed descriptions of the rationale, design, and methods for the study ...
- Vitamin D isn't better when taken at higher doses, new study sayson September 4, 2019 at 11:25 am
Vitamin D might be a popular supplement taken to maintain and increase bone health, but researchers in one study found that too much of this nutrient could possibly cause more damage than good. There ...
- Vitamin D Market By Top Brands, Trends And Demand 2019 To 2024 -Business Newson September 4, 2019 at 5:15 am
Sep 04, 2019 (Hitech News Daily via COMTEX) -- Www.bigmarketresearch.com adds New "Global Vitamin D Market by Manufacturers, Countries, Type and Application, Forecast to 2024" new report to its ...
- Are You Taking Too Much Vitamin D?on September 4, 2019 at 12:37 am
Getting the right amount of Vitamin D can boost your bone health. On the other hand, taking too much Vitamin D may result in a decrease in bone density, reports a new study. The findings of the study ...
- Too much Vitamin D could be harmful to boneson September 3, 2019 at 10:02 pm
Vitamin D – an essential for healthy bones and calcium in the body, is prepared by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. A daily exposure of around 10 to 15 days is considered to be adequate ...
via Bing News