Vitamin D Can Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

January 18, 2015 4:30 PM

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Vitamin D Can Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

A new study has observed data from two long-term research projects that tracked heath statistics described in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study as well as the Nurse’s Health Study. This new study collected data from more than 170,000 patients to find that at least 318 had received a diagnosis for colorectal cancer. After collecting blood samples from everyone involved in the study, the researchers found that a Vitamin D derivative produced in the liver—called 25-hydroxyvitamin D—lowered the risk for developing colorectal cancer.

Study author Shuji Ogino explains, “People with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream have a lower overall risk of developing colorectal cancer.” Ogini, with the Dana-Farber, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, goes on to say, “Laboratory research...

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