According to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, people with higher levels of vitamin D in their bodies are 72% less likely to die from colorectal cancer. Each year 50,000 people die from colon cancer in the United States.
Researchers tracked the health status of 16,818 people in a nationwide health survey. Participants joined between the years of 1988 and 1994 and were followed until the year 2000. Their blood was measured regularly to determine their bodies' levels of vitamin D. Those with higher levels of vitamin D at the beginning of the study were 72% less likely to die from colorectal cancer than those who began the study with the lowest levels of the vitamin.
The body produces Vitamin D when ultraviolet radiation from the sun strikes the skin. This means that deficiency can be a serious health problem in northern latitudes, particularly during the winter. However, recent studies are showing Vit. D deficiency even in residents in the sunny environments of Hawaii and Arizona.
Deficiency in vitamin D can lead to rickets, a condition characterized by soft, weak bones, particularly in children. Optimal Vitamin D levels have been shown to be protective against skin, breast, prostate, and colon cancer, as well as osteoporosis, depression, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases.
It's best to get the correct Vitamin D test done before you begin supplementation. Nausea, vomiting, feeling of sickness, and joint pain are all signs of too much Vit.D.
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