In a new study, researchers found that vitamin D could help cancer patients live longer if they were taken for at least three years.
The finding shows that vitamin D can provide strong health benefits other than just contributing to healthy bones.
The research was done by Michigan State University physicians.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the study, the team examined data related to disease prevention from more than 79,000 patients in multiple studies that compared the use of vitamin D to placebo over at least three years.
They found that the difference in the mortality rate between the vitamin D and placebo groups was strong enough.
This showed just how important vitamin might be for cancer patients.
The team concluded that Vitamin D had a strong effect on lowering the risk of death among those with cancer.
They say that future work needs to find out the exact amount of the vitamin to take and what levels are needed in the blood.
it’s also unclear how much longer vitamin D extends lifespan and why it has this result.
But the researchers suggest that at least three years of taking the supplement is required to see any benefits for cancer patients.
They would like to see more doctors, especially oncologists, prescribe vitamin D to patients in general.
The lead author of the study is Tarek Haykal, an internal medicine resident physician at Michigan State University.
The study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting and is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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