Take your vitamins: Studies suggest Vitamin D may prevent cancer

A daily dose of the nutrient could reduce your chance of getting certain cancers by 50%.

Fred Bodimer
June 14, 2019 - 1:30 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)— Three new studies suggest you might want to consider taking a daily Vitamin D supplement to ward off some types of cancer. 

The studies found a daily Vitamin D pill could reduce cancer risk by up to 50%, including pancreatic, bowel and prostate cancers. 

"We know there are huge benefits to taking Vitamin D, and we know there are serious health consequences if you are Vitamin D deficient," said Dr. Jennifer Wessels, a family medicine physician with SSM Health. "Now I don't know conclusively we can say that it will prevent cancer to that degree. But I think its very encouraging to know that it could have that effect."

Vitamin D is naturally produced in the body from exposure to the sun. But today's lifestyles mean people spend more time indoors — leading to insufficient levels of the nutrient.

"If you are worried about Vitamin D deficiency, there is a simple blood test your primary care doctor can do for you to see where your Vitamin D levels are," Dr. Wessels told KMOX.  "Vitamin D is only going to do good things to support your bone health, to support your mood, to support your bodily functions. So it's always a good thing to make sure you are not Vitamin D deficient."

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