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Three-Quarters of Cancer Patients Lack Enough Vitamin D; Lowest Levels, Worst Cancers

‘There are various levels of evidence to support that vitamin D has a role in either the prevention or the prediction of outcome of cancer’

Oct. 3, 2011 - More than three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxy-vitamin D) and the lowest levels are associated with more advanced cancer, according to a study presented on yesterday at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

"Until recently, studies have not investigated whether vitamin D has an impact on the prognosis or course of cancer. Researchers are just starting to examine how vitamin D may impact specific features of cancer, such as the stage or extent of tumor spread, prognosis, recurrence or relapse of disease, and even sub-types of cancer," Thomas Churilla, lead author of the study and a medical student at the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa., said.

Researchers sought to determine the vitamin D levels of patients at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center in Dunmore, Pa., a community oncology practice, and to see if vitamin D levels were related to any specific aspects of cancer.

 

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Vitamin D Acts as Protective Agent Against the Advance of Colon Cancer

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The study involved 160 patients with a median age of 64 years and a 1:1 ratio of men to women. The five most common primary diagnoses were breast, prostate, lung, thyroid and colorectal cancer.

A total of 77 percent of patients had vitamin D concentrations either deficient (less than 20 ng/mL) or sub-optimal (20-30 ng/mL). The median serum vitamin D level was 23.5 ng/mL. Regardless of the age or sex of the patient, levels of vitamin D were below the median predicted for advanced stage disease in the patient group.

Patients who were found to be vitamin D deficient were administered replacement therapy, increasing serum D levels by an average of 14.9 ng/mL. Investigators will be analyzing if vitamin D supplementation had an impact on aspects of treatment or survival in the long-term.

"The benefits of vitamin D outside of improving bone health are controversial, yet there are various levels of evidence to support that vitamin D has a role in either the prevention or the prediction of outcome of cancer," Churilla said at the Miami Beach meeting.

"Further study is needed to continue to understand the relationship between vitamin D and cancer."


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Vitamin D Appears Linked With Risk of Skin Cancer, Although Relationship Complex

Study looked at vitamin D level in senior citizens with non-melanoma skin cancers - Aug. 15, 2011


Vitamin D Helps Build Bone But Evidence Lacking That It Lowers Risk of Other Disease

IOM sets new dietary intake levels for calcium and vitamin D: Aging senior citizens, especially women, need more than others

Nov. 30, 2010


Vitamin D Deficiency Rampant in Patients for Orthopedic Surgery, Damaging Recovery

People undergoing procedures involving bone or muscle should correct their vitamin D if they want an earlier faster, better, result  - Oct. 6, 2010


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New tests indicated high levels of the sun vitamin, D, and now E, both help older people preserve their memory

July 13, 2010


Low Vitamin D in Senior Citizens Signals Cognitive Decline; Higher Parkinson’s Risk

An estimated 40 to 100% of seniors in U.S. and Europe are deficient in vitamin D: linked to fractures, various chronic diseases and death

July 12, 2010


Senior Citizens with Highest Levels of Vitamin D Show Most Vitality as They Age

Will vitamin D research lead us to The Fountain of Youth?New study does say participants with better physical function may have higher vitamin D simply because they go outside more often

April 26, 2010


Senior Citizens with High Levels of Vitamin D at Less Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Review of 28 studies finds the vitamin associated with a substantial decrease in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome for seniors and middle aged

Feb. 16, 2010

 

Fractures that Plague Senior Citizens Can be Reduced by Taking Calcium with Vitamin D

Large study supports growing consensus that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing fractures

Jan. 14, 2010


More Sunlight May Provide Senior Citizens with Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Prevalence of dangerous metabolic syndrome found among those with low vitamin D levels

May 11, 2009


Calcium Lowers Cancer Risk in Older People: More So for Women Than Men

Long respected by senior citizens as a nutrient for building strength in aging bones, calcium now adds ‘cancer fighter’ to its resume

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Link Between Blood Pressure and Outside Temperature for Seniors May Tie to Vitamin D

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Jan. 16, 2009


Vitamin D is ‘It’ Nutrient with Success Against Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis

Many of the 23 million Americans with diabetes have low vitamin D levels

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Scientists Find New Way to Detect, Treat Vitamin D Deficiency that Threatens Heart

Lack of vitamin D spells heart trouble as well as a lot of other ailments

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Remember the Bump? It's Back for Older Women as Way to Prevent Falls, Hip Fractures

Website to fight falls and fractured hips, Survey finds women not well informed – offers calcium calculator

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Low Level of Vitamin D Seems to Be Invitation to Most Deadly Diseases: Increases Death Risk

May be associated with death through effect on blood pressure, the body’s ability to respond to insulin, obesity and diabetes risk

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Calcium Calculator Now Online to Help Senior Citizens Fight Osteoporosis, Bone Breaks

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