The more we have studied cancer, we have learned that there are things that we can do to help lower the risk. Things such as smoking, diet, physical activity, exposure to radiation and other carcinogens can impact our future health. Taking healthy steps today has been shown to help create a healthy tomorrow. (1)
Study confirms daily exposure to chemicals in products and in the air impact risk of cancer
In one study, the researchers identified 216 chemicals that increase mammary gland tumors. They focused on 102 of these chemicals and found that large numbers of women are exposed to these through their food, medications, air pollution and consumer products. By eliminating these chemical exposures, you may substantially decrease the risk for breast cancer. (2)
A new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that when Vitamin D is combined with weight loss, there is a greater impact on reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation is shown to contribute to the development and growth of cancer. (3)
The study included over 200 overweight, postmenopausal women who did not have sufficient vitamin D levels at the beginning of the study. The women participated in a year long journey of diet and exercise. Half of the participants received 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily, the other half received a placebo. At the end of the study, all of the participants were healthier and had less inflammation than at the start of the study. However, the group that took the Vitamin D saw significant decline in inflammation and lost 5 to 10 percent of their baseline weight. (3)
Vitamin D supplementation in combination with weight loss found to improve weight loss and reduce inflammation associated with cancer!
Researchers have found that participants who took vitamin D had at 37 percent reduction in pro-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-6. Elevated levels of interleukin 6 in the body is associated with cancer, diabetes and depression. (3)
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that has many functions, outside of calcium levels and bone metabolism. Vitamin D is found in more than 30 cell types and has been found to impact cardiovascular health, weight loss and now cancer. (3)
Lead author, Catherine Duggan, explains, “It is thought that this state of chronic inflammation is pro-tumorigenic, that is, it encourages the growth of cancer cells. There is also some evidence that increased body mass dilutes vitamin D, possibly by sequestering it in fat tissue.” (3)
“Weight loss reduces inflammation, and thus represents another mechanism for reducing cancer risk. Ensuring that vitamin D levels are replete, or at an optimum level, can decrease inflammation over and above that of weight loss alone. That can be an important addition to the tools people can use to reduce their cancer risk.” (3)
Taking a high quality Vitamin D supplement, exercising outside, and eating foods that have naturally occurring Vitamin D may all help improve your health and wellbeing!
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