A new study has found that vitamin D could play a vital role in checking prostate cancer and high grade tumours among blacks.
Black men are 60 percent more likely diagnosed with prostate cancer and are more than twice as likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts, according to American Cancer Society.
Apart from this, men with dark complexion are also diagnosed at a younger age and are more likely to have high grade tumors that often cause death.
According to the study, the deficiency of vitamin D is linked to more aggressive and advanced cases of prostate cancer in men. The study found that black men with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to test positive for cancer after than those with normal levels.
Meanwhile, researchers have expressed that they are not sure if taking extra vitamin D may help prevent prostate cancer.
Study author Dr. Adam Murphy, an assistant professor of urology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, “We really don’t know, for certain, what role vitamin D plays in cancer — Vitamin D seems to regulate normal differentiation of cells as they change from stem cells to adult cells. And it regulates the growth rate of normal cells and cancer cells.”
Here are the tips to boost prostate health:
- Maintenance of healthy weight highly required.
- Regular exercising is key to healthy life.
- Eat 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Inform your doctors about you and your family’s history of prostate cancer.
- Quit smoking.
- Eat foods like fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna or trout),portobello mushrooms, fortified foods (such as milk, orange juice or cereal), egg yolks and cod liver oil. Such foods are rich in vitamin D.
The study is published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.