What are the risks associated with vitamin D deficiency in adults?

Updated: Dec 15, 2020
  • Author: Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Epidemiologic data suggest that vitamin D deficiency places adults at risk for developing cancer [46, 47, 48, 49, 50] ; these apparently include breast, colon, and prostate cancer. [51, 52] Several studies using cultured cancer cells in mice models have also supported the notion that vitamin D prevents the growth of cancers. [53] Larger, randomized clinical trials are underway in humans to establish the role of vitamin D in the prevention of cancers.


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