A new study has been published showing that a higher serum level of vitamin D (25-hydroxy vitamin D) is associated with increased length of life after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Take home message: Prostate cancer patients - insist on having the level of vitamin D in your blood measured as soon as possible after a diagnosis. Be sure the 25-hydroxy form of vitamin D is what is measured (that is standard, but just double check). Then discuss with your doctor if supplemental vitamin D from either dietary supplements, sunshine, or prescription level vitamin D plus additional monitoring of blood levels may be appropriate for you to achieve a level above 50 nmol/liter, at the very least.
Note: It is nearly impossible to achieve an intake of vitamin D from food that is necessary to get blood levels above 50 nmol/liter, let alone above 75-80 nmol/liter, even with more foods being supplemented with additional vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is available at your local pharmacy over the counter tablets, usually in doses of 1000 IU or 2000 IU, for very reasonable costs.
Increasing attention is being paid to optimal levels of vitamin D intake and blood levels to in relation to prevention and treatment of many types of cancer plus intake and levels that are necessary to promote overall good health in terms of prevention for many disease areas, thus I recommend having your vitamin D levels checked even if you do not have a cancer diagnosis.
Take Action: Don't wait on this simple way that you can potentially improve your odds for cancer prevention, cancer survival, and overall quality of life and health!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD