|VITAMIN D CUTS LUNG CANCER RISK|
Nov 2008 issue of Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev.
Lung cancer is a very dangerous health situation and the prognosis for the disease is very poor. You definitely don't want to wait and develop the disease, and then think about doing something. According to statistics from the U.S. government, more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. Overall, more than 160,000 die from the disease each year.
So what can you do to prevent lung cancer? We already know that significant levels of physical activity are protective. And so is a diet high in fruits and vegetables, because of the increased amounts of antioxidants, Vit. E, C, and minerals like selenium. Reducing your exposure to environmental pollutants is important, as well as proper sleep, and decreasing stress and fatigue.
This new study showed once again that high levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] was linked with reduced risk of lung cancer.
Researchers at the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland looked at data on serum vitamin D levels and cases of lung cancer for 6,937 men and women. During a maximum follow-up of 24 years, 122 cases of lung cancer were recorded.
An association between vitamin D and lung cancer risk was observed for the highest levels versus the lowest. For women, those who had the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood were 84% less likely to develop lung cancer. For younger participants, those with highest levels were 66% less likely to have the disease compared to those with the lowest levels.
The researchers concluded, "...women and young participants with a higher level of vitamin D were observed to have a lower lung cancer risk."
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