Higher levels of Vitamin D in blood linked to lower cancer risk

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A study of 34,000 adults found those with high levels of Vitamin D had a 20 per cent lower chance of cancer.

Vitamin D is a quasi-hormone synthesized from a precursor that is found in different foods but which has to be activated by the ultraviolet radiations of the sun. Across the United Kingdom people are advised to take vitamin D supplements during the winter and since...

Vitamin D produced by the skin in response to sunlight and helps to maintain the level of calcium in the body for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

Previous studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D increase the risk of bone fractures, heart disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's disease and death.

But so far, most studies have been carried out in European or American populations, and evidence from Asian populations is limited.

They analyzed the public health records of 33,736 men and women aged 40 to 69. Participants had provided details about their medical history, diet, and lifestyle.

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However, too much time in the sun is linked to a higher risk of skin cancer, with NHS advice to mimimise exposure between 11am and 3pm.

The importance of the "sunshine" vitamin is not yet fully understood but the colder Scottish climate and its effects have always been linked to the nation's high levels of MS. A team of researchers from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California Division of Research found high levels of vitamin D may help women fight breast cancer.

Higher vitamin D levels were also associated with a lower (30-50 per cent) relative risk of liver cancer. For the group with the second-highest concentration, the risk fell 25 percent, while for those with the highest concentration the risk of developing cancer was 22 percent lower.

"Our findings support the theory that vitamin D may protect against the risk of cancer. However, it's not a case of "the higher the better" when it comes to the concentration of vitamin D in the blood, so there's no need for people to ingest it excessively through supplements and the like".

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