Researchers have linked a deficiency in vitamin D to everything from neurodegenerative disease to breast cancer to depression. Now a new review study conducted at the University of Warwick and presented at the Society for Endocrinology's annual conference has given us yet another condition to add to our list.
For this study, researchers evaluated a total of seven studies according to a systematic review process. They concluded that these studies provide clinical evidence that vitamin D deficiency can be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Five out of the seven studies indicated evidence of such a link.
In an attempt to explain these findings, the researchers began investigating the transitional epithelial cells that line the bladder, looking for a connection to vitamin D. They found that these cells do indeed interact with the vitamin, both activating and responding to it. This activity is linked to the immune system's response, which is significant because the immune system can help the body identify and eliminate abnormal cells before they become cancerous. If vitamin D levels are inadequate, this process may not work properly in the bladder.
You can get enough vitamin D from the sun -- IF you're disciplined enough to get sun exposure every day, AND live within 30 degrees of the Equator. But, if you live in a colder climate, it's easy to skip spending time outdoors far too often.
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