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High Vitamin D Levels Associated With Higher Breast Cancer Survival Rate

A recent study suggests that patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin D are twice as likely to survive breast cancer than those with the lowest levels.

Participants in the study included 4,443 breast cancer patients. The researchers analyzed their blood serum levels of vitamin D at the time of diagnosis and then followed up for an average of nine years.

They found that the women with the highest blood levels of vitamin D (30 ng/ml) were twice as likely to survive as those with the lowest levels (17 ng/mL). Based on these conclusions, the researchers recommended that vitamin D be added to breast cancer treatments.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine conducted the study. It was published in the March 2014 issue of Anticancer Research.

Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.

Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.

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