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A new study links vitamin D deficiencies to increased risk for prostate cancer.

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for the body, contributing to strong bones and a healthy immune system. Conversely, low levels of this vitamin can have serious consequences for overall well-being. Now, a study points to one more risk factor for those with vitamin D deficiencies: an increased likelihood for advanced and aggressive prostate cancer.

HealthDay News reports that men with low levels of vitamin D in their blood were found to be at greater risk for developing prostate cancer compared to those with normal amounts of this nutrient. That danger was even greater for black men deficient in vitamin D, whose risk factors were found to be even higher after having a prostate biopsy done. 

The findings, which were published this week in Clinical Cancer Research, noted that this does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin D intake and cancer growth. However, researchers did point out that this new study did indicate the possibility of some role that vitamin D plays in engendering and spreading prostate cancer cells.

"There are still many questions about this relationship that have to be answered," cautioned Dr. Len Lictenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. "We really don't know, for certain, what role vitamin D plays in cancer — either the genesis or beginning of cancer — or in defining how aggressive the cancer may be. Further research has to be done."

Although the verdict is still out on just how great of an effect vitamin D can have on cancer risk, the fact is that this nutrient is integral to any healthy diet regardless.

While there are plenty of foods or beverages rich in vitamin D, you can also increase your daily intake by adding D3 vitamin supplements to your dietary regimen. Click here for more information on our bone support and vitamins D3 supplements.