Existing research told us that high levels of calcium and vitamin D can reduce our risk of developing colon cancer. However, a new study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine suggests this may not be the case.
Researchers ran the trial by giving nearly 2,300 participants daily supplements of vitamin D, calcium, both or neither. Overall, after 3-5 years 43% of participants had one or more colorectal polyps detected during colon cancer screening.
After further examination of the data, the researchers concluded that daily supplementation with vitamin D, calcium or both did not significantly reduce the risk of developing pre-cancerous or cancerous polyps. Overall, these supplements did not produce the preventive effects that prior research has long suggested.
For more information on how to reduce your colon cancer risk, check out this blog post that explains the different risk factors and how you can mitigate them. If you have concerns about your colon cancer risk, download our doctor discussion guide and start the conversation with your physician.
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