I am not only Vitamin D deficient, my mom passed as a result of Colo-rectal cancer, so there is also a family history that plays against me. As a result of her passing I qualified for early preventative screening. Let me tell you the prep for this procedure is the worst part of it all, but you do get through it.
My first Colonoscopy was informative and probably saved my life, since 2 polyps (bump like masses that are precancerous) were found and removed. Now this was done just after my Rheumatologist placed me on a Vitamin D regimen, back in 2009.
My second colonoscopy was in 2015 and nothing was found as my doc proclaimed ‘Clean as a whistle.’
So did the Vitamin D prevent any type of progression? According to a study recently published in the June 14, 2018 Journal of National Cancer Institute conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, The Nation Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society along with 18 other medical centers and organizations around the world, it may have.
The study was conducted with participation of 13,000 people and is classified as an observational study that does not prove cause and effect, a large scale randomized clinical trial is needed for that. Dr. Jo Ann Manson chief of the division of preventative medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is doing just that and is conducting this type of clinical trial.
The observational study demonstrated that a risk of Colo-rectal cancer decreased by 22%. “Our study show’s that having a higher Vitamin D level, above what is currently recommended for bone health, are associated with lower Colo-rectal Cancer” stated Stephanie Smith-Warner, a Harvard Epidemiologist and Senior Author involved in the research. So what is the correct amount of Vitamin D intake? this question has been the subject of controversy for years.
The new study included analysis of 17 prospective studies and confronts the many problems of earlier research by using a single widely accepted test for measurement of Vitamin D and standardized already existing study results and conclusions. Although the study results are not being readily accepted the research demonstrates that Higher Vitamin D levels circulating in the bloodstream is linked to lowering ones risk.
What is hoped is that the information garnered from this research will enable the medical community to solidify the appropriate dietary and nutrition guidelines that will aide the current trend in the continued decrease in Colo-rectal Cancer as a whole. Especially since Colo-rectal Cancer affects 1 in 24 women and 1 in 22 men, with information currently indicating an increase in the disease among younger people. This increase warranted enough concern that the American Cancer Society revised the age of preventative screening from 50 down to 45.
Have you ever had a colonoscopy? What was your experience like? Tell me in the comments below.
Til next time I hope each of you are having the best day possible and that your tomorrow is even better.