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Cancer is an incredibly scary disease. It turns your body’s own cells against you until they grow out of control in a bid to steal your life.
And, considering the fact that cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the U.S., far too many people are being forced to deal with the realities of the disease.
Now though, a new study is offering hope to cancer patients everywhere. Physicians at Michigan State University have found that taking one particular vitamin could help cancer patients live longer.
Take for at least three years
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 (the sunshine vitamin) to a placebo over at least a three-year period. The team zeroed in on any information that involved cancer incidence and mortality.
And, while they found that taking the vitamin didn’t seem to have a protective effect against developing cancer in the first place, they did discover that the difference in death rate between the vitamin D and placebo groups was clear — showing how important taking vitamin D is to people who have cancer.
Related: Cancer survivors take their vitamins
In fact, the results of the study were so promising that the researches would like to see more doctors, especially oncologists, prescribe the sunshine vitamin.
The key was the length of time you take the vitamin…
According to the researchers, it takes at least three years of vitamin D supplementation to lower a cancer patient’s risk of death.
For far more than just healthy bones
While the findings did show that taking vitamin D could extend the lifespan of cancer patients, the researchers don’t know the exact amount to take, what levels you need in your blood to get the most benefits, and how many extra years it could add to your life.
However, they say that it’s clear that the vitamin carries significant benefits other than just contributing to healthy bones
“There are still many questions and more research is needed,” 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. “All we can say is that at least three years of taking the supplement is required to see any effect.”
And, he goes on to say, “We know it carries benefits with minimal side effects. There’s plenty of potential here.”
In other words, it’s definitely worth taking vitamin D if you’ve had cancer. It comes with potentially big benefits and little if any downside.
Dr. Michael Cutler made some important recommendations about how to first test your levels, how to boost them and how to supplement to maintain optimal levels on an on-going basis when he wrote about the vitamin D link to defeat disease—a very helpful source if you’re not sure where to start.
How to Get More D in Your Day
One way to get added vitamin D is to spend more time outdoors in the bright sunlight. It’s best to do this in the early morning and avoid the harsher midday sun.
Good food sources of vitamin D include:
- Cod liver oil
- Beef liver
- Whole eggs
You can also take a high-quality vitamin D3 supplement to boost your levels. You can get it in a gel cap or even liquid form.
It’s also a good idea to have your D levels checked by your doctor regularly to ensure you’re not deficient. Based on your levels, your doctor can also recommend the right amount of vitamin D to take each day.
We all know that cancer can be deadly. But, now cancer patients everywhere have an easy way to reduce their risk of death just by getting more vitamin D each day.
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- Vitamin D could help cancer patients live longer — EurekAlert!