Vitamin D does not help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease

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Take vitamin D supplements in the hope of keeping at a distance the development of a possible cancer would serve no purpose, shows a large study conducted in the United States.

In reaching this conclusion, the researchers followed nearly 25 871 participants, men age 50 and over and women of 55 years and over, for 5.3 years on average. A part of them was administered a dose of 2000 international units (0.05 mg) for vitamin D, while a control group received a placebo.

During the study period, 793 people have received vitamin D has developed a cancer, compared to 824 in the placebo group, a difference that was not statistically significant. The researchers have not noted a major difference on the types of cancer developed by patients in each group.

In addition, 805 participants in the study have suffered a cardiovascular event a major, or a myocardial infarction (commonly called heart attack), stroke, or death from heart disease. Of the number, 396 were in the group taking vitamin D, while 409 were receiving the placebo.

“In summary, the daily intake of a high dose of vitamin D for 5 years in american adults health does not reduce the rate of cancer or major cardiovascular events”, have supported researchers by way of conclusion.

The study was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine”.