Vitamin D’s Potential Preventative Power Against 7 Medical Conditions

2010-05-05 | |
Last updated: 2010-05-05

5) Colon Cancer
From another study related to cancer, joint research efforts including the Imperial College of London found a relationship between Vitamin D levels in the blood and risk of colon cancer. In their research of more than 1200 people, the scientists determined that those with the highest levels of Vitamin D had a 40% lower risk of developing colon cancer in comparison to those with the lowest levels of the vitamin.

6) Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Aside from cancer, low Vitamin D levels are also important with respect to other conditions associated with advancing age, namely Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In their work reviewing numerous other studies, scientists from the Health Research Center (SUNARC) now believe that low Vitamin D levels increase the risks of both conditions. Though they do not yet know the specific details of this relationship, they are promoting testing of vitamin D levels in patients developing these conditions because of the strong evidence seen so far.

7) Heart Disease
In research conducted at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, researchers studying more than 30,000 patients found that increasing Vitamin D levels roughly 30% higher than normal reduced the risk of heart attack, heart failure and high blood pressure. While the researchers have not yet conducted a placebo-based trial, the overall reduction in risk seen to date still makes the findings valuable.

From all these pieces of research, the relationship between appropriate levels of Vitamin D and health is becoming quite clear despite the fact that the exact relationships are in many cases still incomplete. If we combine this knowledge with the research showing that the majority of us are lacking Vitamin D, we can see the need for most of us to increase our Vitamin D levels.

While several minutes in the sun without sunscreen are all right, too much sun has other risks. Milk can supply some Vitamin D, but many people with lactose intolerance cannot drink it. As well, self-medicating on Vitamin D supplements can be toxic to the system. As is always the case, it is good to talk to your doctor to ensure you are getting the appropriate levels of such nutrients.

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