Vitamin D Reduces Risk for Colon Polyps

Both the level of vitamin D in the blood and intake of vitamin D-rich foods decrease the risk of colorectal polyps in a number of studies.

Analyzing published studies of blood levels of vitamin D, researchers found a 30 percent decrease in the risk of adenomas among people with the most circulating vitamin D compared to those with the least.  The highest vitamin D intake decreased adenomatous polyp risk by 11 percent.

In addition, there appeared to be an even stronger relationship between both blood levels and vitamin D intake for advanced adenomas, with the highest risk of cancer.  Higher blood levels decreased risk of advanced adenomas by 46 percent, greater intake of vitamin D by 23 percent.

Melissa Wei and her colleagues concluded,

Both circulating 25(OH)D and vitamin D intake were inversely associated with colorectal adenoma incidence and recurrent adenomas. These results further support a role of vitamin D in prevention of colorectal adenoma incidence and recurrence.

SOURCE: Wei et al., Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, Volume 17, Number 11, November 2008.

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  1. Kate Murphy says

    The focus on this research was on colon polyps that are identified during a colonoscopy. I don’t think that it would be fair to infer that the same thing is true for bladder polyps — but it might be.

    It would be important to search for research that is being done with other polyps in other organs.

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