Taking Vitamin D Can Prolong Life in People who Develop Cancer

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The Researchers analyzed data at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing from randomized controlled trials that had compared between the people who took a placebo and vitamin D supplements for at least 3 years.

The researchers included only trials that studied to prevent disease, the use of vitamin D supplements more than 4 years of follow-up and also cancer and cancer-related deaths had recorded the incidence.

All this analysis took 10 trials with a total 79,055 of participants. The average age of the participants was 68 years, with 78% of females.

The researchers found that there is a remarkable link between the use of vitamin D supplements and a lower risk of cancerous death over the period of follow-up.

There was no important association, yet, between the prevention of cancer and vitamin D use.

On June 3, 2019, in the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, IL, it featured the findings.

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Recently a journal published on the supplement of the ASCO’s by Clinical Oncology in which, it included an abstract of the study.

“The difference between the vitamin D and placebo groups the mortality rate was statistically sufficient that it manifested just how significant it will be for the cancer population,” says TarekHaykal, an MSU doctor in internal medicine and one of the lead authors of this study.

World Health Organization (WHO) stated that globally, cancer is the second main disease that causes deaths. Around 18.1 million people discovered that they have cancer in 2018, and 9.6 million people died.

Cancer develops as the cells multiply irregularly and turn into a tumor that can spread. Cancer has many forms, depends on the part of the body and type of cell.

The chances of surviving cancer are higher when it diagnosed at early stages and the treatment starts before the disease starts to spread. Once cancer has metastasized or spread, the chances are less to treat or survive.

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Most of the people get vitamin D from sunlight exposure and their food. However, some take supplements of vitamin D. Our body has to transform vitamin D into an active form before it could use it. This process takes two stages: the first stage in the liver, and then second in the kidneys.

When vitamin D is in an active mode, it helps them absorb calcium to the gut during digestion and keep the stable blood levels and helps to form bone. Also, it is maintaining healthy bone. Lack of vitamin D can cause health problems, such as osteoporosis in older people and rickets in children.

Vitamin D is essential for bone health; it also helps in controlling the growth of cell and inflammation and immune function. It conducts these functions by regulating genes for division, cell differentiation, and death.

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