Prostate Cancer – Vitamin D deficiency associated with lower survival rate for prostate cancer patients
The journal, Military Medicine, published in January 2014m the findings of researchers at East Tennessee State University a positive association between higher vitamin D levels and prostate cancer survival.
Participants included veterans diagnosed with prostate cancer before May 2007. Some of the group had been tested for vitamin D levels, of these more than half had at least one follow-up test result.
By the end of five years, 27.9% of the men had died. Early blood test results showed vitamin D deficiency in more than a third of those tested and follow-up tests revealed improvements resulting in insufficiency in less than 20%. Men who were initially deficient in vitamin D had a 6% lower risk of surviving their cancer compared to men who were non-deficient.
There are several convincing reasons to test and treat prostate cancer patients with vitamin D. Another study found that treating patients who had metastatic prostate cancer and vitamin D deficiency with at least 2,000 IU/day of the vitamin improved bone pain and muscle strength.
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Source: Life Extension.com What’s hot 2014