Vitamin D deficiency could increase risk of bladder cancer, findings presented at Society for Endocrinology conference in Britain this week said.
Food and in particular fat, fish oil, dairy products, mushroom, liver, and egg yolk are some of the good sources of Vitamin D. However, since Vitamin D synthesizes when body is exposed to sunlight the dietary sources alone could not provide sufficient intake of it.
Vitamin D is necessary for the body to maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphates and if low this could create a number of health problems including cognitive impairment, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune conditions.
Vitamin D deficiency is common among people with limited exposure to sunlight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US has find out that during 2002-2006, a good eight percent of the population aged 1 year or over were at risk of vitamin D deficiency while 24 percent were at risk of inadequacy, and in only 17 percent met desirable levels.
Around 2.4 percent of men and women in the U.S. are expected to develop bladder cancer. It accounts for 4.6 percent of all new cancer cases and is responsible for 2.8 percent of cancer deaths. And 76,960 new cases of bladder cancer are feared to be reported in the US this year.
Researchers concluded that “bladder cancer risk correlates with low serum-Vitamin D- levels.