In a recent study from Michigan State University, researchers found vitamin D, if taken for at least three years, could help cancer patients live longer.
The findings suggest that the vitamin carries significant benefits other than just contributing to healthy bones.
In the study, the team looked at data related to disease prevention from more than 79,000 patients in multiple studies that randomly compared the use of vitamin D to a placebo over at least a three-year period.
The team zeroed in on any information that involved cancer incidence and mortality.
They found the difference in the mortality rate between the vitamin D and placebo groups was statistically significant enough that it showed just how important it might be among the cancer population.
While these findings show promise, the team cautions that the exact amount of the vitamin to take and what levels are needed in the blood are still unknown.
It’s unclear how much longer vitamin D extends lifespan and why it has this result.
The team says there are still many questions and more research is needed. All they can say is that at least three years of taking the supplement is required to see any effect.
Results show enough promise, however, that the researchers would like to see more doctors, especially oncologists, prescribe vitamin D to patients in general.
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The study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. One author of the study is Tarek Haykal.
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