Colon. Ovarian. Endometrial. Prostate.
Breast. What do these have in common? They are at risk to cancer, and vitamin D
levels impact their risks differently.
Dr. Gary Stefanick shares
nutritional tips to our New York chiropractic care patients in hopes to
keeping them healthy. In December 2016 alone, many articles in a variety of
peer-reviewed and well-respected journals were published regarding cancer
prevention and vitamin D. Dr. Gary Stefanick finds this interesting and worthy of
One article points to the likely reason for
all this attention on vitamin D: Being deficient in vitamin D is related to
increased risk of cancer, autoimmune disease, inflammation, infection,
cardiovascular disease and metabolic disease and bone and mineral disorders. (Wow!
Dr. Gary Stefanick sees those as reasons enough to evaluate your vitamin D levels!) The vitamin D receptor keeps the intestinal
system in balance and protects against inflammatory bowel disease and
colorectal cancer. (1) Vitamin D is a wonder our New York
chiropractic patients need to check out!
More specifically, vitamin D appears to
reduce the risk of cancer. In the world of breast cancer, triple-negative
breast cancer is one of the least responsive to treatment types with a high
rate of relapse. Early prevention of this cancer is important, and vitamin D
compounds are reported to be potential preventive agents to inhibit this form
of breast cancer by regulating the cancer stem cells and differentiation. (2) However
an adequate vitamin D level, as good as it is in preventing cancers and
hypertension and osteoporosis for women, doesn’t appear to be as effective for
ovarian and endometrial cancers. (3) Dr. Gary Stefanick encourages our
New York female patients to study their overall lifestyle approach
which can include vitamin D supplementation to keep their cancer risk as low as
Dr. Gary Stefanick views keeping the cancer risk
low overall and the risk of more aggressive forms down as quite important when
caring for our New York chiropractic patients' overall health. That’s where vitamin D comes in again. Vitamin
D appears to be preventive of more advanced or aggressive forms of cancer. Vitamin
D3 supplementation taken in hopes of preventing advanced colorectal adenomas
varies by vitamin D receptor genotype in one study. Risk was reduced by 64% in
AA genotype persons (26% of study participants) and by 41% in persons with 1 or
2 G alleles (74% of study participants). The effect of Vitamin D3
supplementation on overall adenoma risk is not presented in this study. (4) (Dr. Gary Stefanick knows these terms aren’t normal
New York chiropractic terms.)
Further, aggressive prostate cancer risk is high in African American
men. Researchers suggest that may be due to low levels of serum vitamin D as
their study found that vitamin D deficiency significantly increased the risk of
aggressive prostate cancer disease. They also propose
future study of genetics to figure out this puzzling statistic. (5)
Dr. Gary Stefanick notices that every research finding leads to another
question to keep the scientists busy and our New York chiropractic
patients turning to Dr. Gary Stefanick for the latest news!
Contact Dr. Gary Stefanick today to get more
information about vitamin D, check your levels and investigate your options to up
your vitamin D levels and make them as cancer preventive as possible.