Thanks to new research into vitamin D, getting plenty of sunshine may be as impactful on your prostate as it is on your complexion. Preventing prostate cancer is an important health aspect for all men to be aware of, so news about how much vitamin D can help is welcome indeed. By understanding the connection between prostate cancer and how vitamin D affects our genes, we can better customize how diet and habits benefit our long-term health.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year while various Center for Disease Control releases have reported vitamin deficiency in the diets of many American men. This correlation has been documented to some extent already, but a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and published in the journal Prostate has found just how vitamin D helps prevent prostate cancer.
“When you take vitamin D and put it on prostate cancer cells, it inhibits their growth. But it hasn’t been proven as an anti-cancer agent, said James R. Lambert, PhD, lead author of the study, “We wanted to understand what genes vitamin D is turning on or off in prostate cancer to offer new targets.”
That gene turned out to be one called GDF-15, which is upregulated by vitamin D. GDF-15 is important because it helps keep down inflammation in the body. While inflammation can be a healthy part of the opposing systems of breakdown and repair in your body, too much inflammation has been linked to increased rates of gastric, colon and prostate cancers, decreased Insulin Efficiency and more.
Depending on the climate where you live, getting enough vitamin D can be as simple as going for a walk outside for 10-15 minutes two or three times a week. Sunshine stimulates a process in our bodies that produces vitamin D naturally. Foods are not a primary source of vitamin D, however, you can get some vitamin D in your diet as some foods and drinks do contain it, including:
Most people will need extra vitamin D in supplement form to reach the levels necessary to achieve its protective benefits. Your doctor can perform a simple blood test to find out exactly how much you need.
Vitamin D does a lot more for our bodies that help prevent prostate cancer. It also promotes strong bones and helps prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The Olumia Life system is designed to take advantage of the proven connections between different aspects of our health. By combining the right exercise, diet and sleep habits for you, Olumia Life optimizes the benefits of your healthy lifestyle. This includes getting enough vitamin D and taking other steps to reduce your risk of prostate cancer and other diseases as much as possible.
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