Vita.min D lowers bl.ood pres.sure
In this month, readers would read a lot
of keywords like breast cancer awareness, pink, survivors,
supporters, walk, volunteers, donations, cancer research, and the
American Cancer Society among others.
We have said this and now say it again
that we need to take our own initiatives to prevent breast cancer.
You should not wait for others to figure out a cure for the disease,
which cannot be possible because it would ruin the cancer business.
As for donations, forget about it because Uncle Sam has invested
about 20 billion on cancer research on your behalf each year already.
One study to report here is about the
effect of vitamin D on the risk of breast cancer.
The study led by Blackmore KM and
colleagues from Mount Sinai Hospital in Ontario, Canada showed that
increased intake of vitamin D through diet and exposure to the sun
was associated with a 24 percent reduced risk of estrogen-receptor-
(ER) and progesterone-receptor- (PR) defined breast cancer.
The study compared 758 cases of breast
cancer and 1135 controls without the disease and found those who had
high intake of vitamin D were also found to have a 26 percent reduced
risk of ER-/PR- breast cancer and a 21 percent decreased risk of
The study published in the Oct 15, 2008
issue of American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that vitamin D was
associated with a reduce risk of breast cancer regardless of ER/PR
status of the tumor.
Vitamin D is found in a limited number
of foods including oily fish, fortified foods such as juices, cereals
and milk and most conveniently is synthesized after an individual is
exposed to sunshine.
The current recommended daily allowance
for vitamin D is ridiculously low, many experts have complained.
They recommended that the minimal daily intake should be 1,000
International Units per day, which is what Canada is going to
Vitamin D have been associated with a
range of cancers. People should not fear to expose themselves to
sunshine. Experts have warned that insufficient exposure to sunlight
leads to vitamin D deficiency which in turns would increase risk of
much more serious types of cancer.
Once again, forget about donations and
going pink. Instead, take care of yourselves by starting to equip
yourselves with cancer knowledge and following a healthy lifestyle.
After all, breast cancer is preventable.