Vitamin D May Protect Adults under 50 against Colon Cancer

A new study, carried out by a team of researchers Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, U.S., has found a link between a higher total intake of vitamin D and a lower risk of colon cancer in adults, younger than 50 years.Vitamin D May Protect Adults under 50 against Colon Cancer

For the study, the researchers analyzed the diets, lifestyle, and medical history of 116,429 female nurses aged 25–42 years old, who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS II), which started in 1989.

Having adjusted known risks, including smoking, drinking alcohol, red meat consumption, and a sedentary lifestyle, the scientists found that total vitamin D intake was significantly associated with a reduced risk of early-onset colorectal cancer.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Ng, comments: “Our findings suggest that as little as 300 [international units or IU per day] of vitamin D (approximately 3 glasses of milk per day) may be associated with a 50% decreased risk of young-onset colorectal cancer.”

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