Vitamin D

Prostate / Prostate Cancer Men’s Health Nutrition / Diet Prostate cancer: low vitamin D may predict aggressive disease

An investigation of men undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous prostate shows there is a link between low levels of vitamin D and aggressiveness of disease. The study – led by Northwestern University of Evanston, IL – is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.The finding offers useful information for cases where patients have agreed with their doctor that the treatment should be “watchful waiting” for the time being rather than removal of the prostate or some other medical procedure. Lead investigator Adam Murphy, an assistant professor of urology, says:”Men with dark skin, low vitamin D intake or low sun exposure should be tested for vitamin D deficiency when they are diagnosed with an elevated PSA or prostate cancer. Then a deficiency should be corrected with supplements.” (Read More)

Vitamin D testing: what’s right for your lab?

Why is vitamin D important?

Why should total 25(OH) vitamin D be measured?

How are vitamin D assays standardized?

Why is vitamin D technically challenging?

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient. Experts believe at least half of adults over the age of 65 years have reduced bone density. Major causes are the lack of exposure to sunshine and an inadequate supply of vitamin D from foods. Physicians and patients are increasingly aware of vitamin D insufficiency, and labs are responding.

Reference: Medical Laboratory Observer

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