Women with vitamin D blood levels greater than 40 ng/ml had a 67% lower risk of cancer than those with levels below 20 ng/ml in a new study from Dr. Cedric Garland from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues. Garland is one of the world’s leading vitamin D researchers and has been outspoken about the importance of UV exposure for maintaining optimal vitamin D levels.
“Primary prevention of cancer, rather than expanding early detection or improving treatment, will be essential to reversing the current upward trend of cancer incidence worldwide,” the authors of the paper wrote. “This analysis suggests that improving vitamin D status is a key prevention tool.”
The researchers pooled analysis of two previous studies involving more than 2000 women to come to their conclusion.
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