CancerProstateVitamin D

Vitamin D and the risk of prostate cancer

Researchers in the UK and Belgium reviewed the evidence.

First, the details.

  • 25 studies were included.
  • Data were combined for a meta-analysis.

And, the results.

  • There was no significant relationship between vitamin D intake, 25(OH)D, or 1,25(OH)2D and the risk of prostate cancer and the subcategory of aggressive prostate cancer.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, “Published literature provides little evidence to support a major role of vitamin D in preventing prostate cancer or its progression.”

In a broader review, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington, reported, “There were no associations of any nutrient or supplement (including vitamin D) with prostate cancer risk overall.”

2/16/11 21:14 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.