Cancer warning: 1 in 6 UK adults have vitamin deficiency linked to ‘tumour progression’

Cancer warning: 1 in 6 UK adults have vitamin deficiency linked to 'tumour progression'

The risk of cancer increases as you age. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop cancer. However, there are modifiable risk factors for cancer. In fact, four out of 10 cancers are preventable.

This oncogene, a mutated gene that has the potential to cause cancer, has been linked to tumor growth and metastasis in certain types of cancer, including breast cancer.

What does this association explain?

Dr Mahmood explained: “Once your body extracts vitamin D from food and supplements, it is converted into a hormone called calcitriol.

“Calcitriol is distributed to several different body tissues, including breast tissue. Calcitriol binds to the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which regulates a large number of genes, some of which are associated with cancer.”

The doctor continued: “Breast cancer patients often have pre-existing vitamin D deficiencies at the time a cancerous tumor develops.

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Dr. Mahmood is also equivocal about the association: “Considerable research still needs to be done before we can make definitive statements about the association between vitamin deficiencies and cancer risk. The relationship is extremely complex.”

The doc continued, “Making sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet and staying on top of all your supplements to meet the recommended daily amount — taking multivitamin supplements if needed — is the best preventative approach.”

“Of course, taking multivitamins doesn’t directly prevent cancer, but it has a big impact on bone health and is therefore essential for women undergoing breast cancer treatment because of the therapies that are used in their treatment”.

In fact, low levels of vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency) can cause health problems.

These include bone problems in adults and rickets (bone deformities) in children.

In the UK, the NHS recommends that people at risk of vitamin D deficiency take a 10 microgram (400 IU) supplement throughout the year.

The NHS also has recommendations for children and babies.

The Government recommends that everyone take a vitamin D supplement between October and the end of March, when the sun’s rays are weaker.

It’s worth noting that taking too many vitamin D supplements over a long period of time can cause too much calcium to build up in the body (hypercalcemia).

“If you choose to take vitamin D supplements, 10 micrograms a day will be enough for most people,” says the NHS.


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