Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce the Risk of Developing Advanced Cancer

In individuals without cancer, vitamin D supplementation may decrease the risk of developing advanced cancer, especially for those with a normal body mass index (BMI), according to a recent analysis of a phase 3 trial. "Vitamin D may decrease tumor invasiveness and propensity to metastasize, leading to reduced cancer mortality," write the investigators, led by first author Paulette D. Chandler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Vitamin D may have a role in redu...
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Multiple Myeloma, Vitamin D Deficiency, and Race

In patients with multiple myeloma, vitamin D deficiency negatively impacts overall survival in white patients but not in African American patients. Multiple myeloma is a hematologic malignancy that affects plasma cells in the bone marrow, causing damage to the immune system, surrounding organs, and bones. Because vitamin D plays a crucial role in bone health, maintaining an appropriate level of this vitamin is particularly important for patients with multiple myeloma. However, little research ha...
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Do Vitamin D and Fish Oil Cut Cancer and Cardiovascular Risks?

For many years, doctors have recommended vitamin D supplements for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related disorders. Recently, vitamin D has also been considered for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. In animal studies, omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids from fish oils have also shown promise for cardiovascular disease prevention. But do these supplements actually help in the prevention of cancer or cardiovascular disease? The Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VI...
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