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How Vitamin D can protect you from young-onset colorectal cancer

At Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, New York, we regularly work with patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer or CRC. We also have access to continued research and studies that show the benefits of integrating certain vitamins and minerals to reduce the risk of developing this type of cancer. Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team offer information for patients worried about prevention options. More recently, it has been found that Vitamin D can help prevent young-onset colorectal cancer. Patients will find this information beneficial when considering prevention techniques.

Vitamin D Prevent Young Onset Colorectal Cancer in Brooklyn Area

What has been happening to the rates of colorectal cancer? 

Over time, the incidences of colorectal cancer have been showing a steady decline. However, scientists are seeing an increase in younger adults developing young-onset colorectal cancer. A recent study published in Gastroenterology reports that certain dietary sources can lower one’s risk, including that of Vitamin D. 

Vitamin D deficiency has been occurring more and more over the past few years, while at the same time, doctors are seeing increased rates of young-onset colorectal cancer. The link seems to be relevant. Over the course of 25 years, researchers found that those who had a higher total Vitamin D intake had a significantly reduced risk of developing early-onset colorectal cancer, with better results in patients who had dietary Vitamin D than those who took Vitamin D supplements.

How much Vitamin D should I take to reduce my risk of CRC?

To achieve a 50% lower risk of developing young-onset colorectal cancer, it is recommended that individuals take a total of at least 300 IU of Vitamin D each day. This can be obtained through milk, eggs, fish, and mushrooms. 

Are you interested in learning more?

If you are interested in finding out more about colorectal cancer and prevention, it may be time to speak to a gastroenterologist about ways to reduce your risks. Call Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team at Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY at 718 521-2840 to request a consultation visit. Dr. Shapsis has two office locations: 239 Court Street and 2797 Ocean Parkway, 1B


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