03 Jul Vitamin D may prolong life in people with cancer
Vitamin D may prolong life in people with cancer
Taking vitamin D can prolong life in people who develop cancer, according to a recent analysis of clinical trials
Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing analyzed data from randomized controlled trials that had compared people who took vitamin D supplements with those who took a placebo for at least 3 years.
They only included trials that had examined the use of vitamin D supplements to prevent disease over a minimum follow-up of 4 years and had also recorded the incidence of cancer and cancer-related deaths.
In all, the analysis took in 10 trials with a total of 79,055 participants. Their average age was 68 years, and 78% of them were female.
The team found a significant link between the use of vitamin D supplements and a lower risk of death to cancer over the follow-up period.
The analysis showed that people who took vitamin D supplements had a 13% lower risk of dying from cancer than those who took a placebo over the same period