Everyone loves winter — right up to the day it actually arrives. Once the bone-chilling temperatures hit…and you’ve thrown out your back shoveling snow…you remember why winter is actually your LEAST favorite season.
Well, my friend, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The days are getting a little warmer and a little longer — and longer days mean more sun to help your body to start pumping out vitamin D again.
And men, the latest research shows one of the most important reasons yet to make sure you get plenty of the sunshine vitamin: It can help you survive prostate cancer.
I’m sure you’ve heard that in most cases you don’t need any help at all surviving this disease. Most tumors grow so slowly that they won’t ever hurt you, much less kill you.
But rare aggressive tumors can turn deadly in a flash — and if you have low D levels, you’re facing more than double the risk of a more aggressive tumor, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
If your D levels drop below 30 ng/mL, you could be 2.64 times more likely to have an aggressive tumor than if you had a higher D level, according to the study of 190 men with prostate cancer.
Lower D levels could also raise your “Gleason” score, which is a measure of just how nasty that tumor is.
That’s right in line with other studies, which have linked low D levels to a higher risk of any number of cancers and a higher risk of DEATH from this awful disease — and higher D levels to a LOWER risk of the deadliest tumors.
One study even found that supplements of 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day cut the risk of high-Gleason tumors by 55 percent.
There are two common ways to get your daily dose of vitamin D.
The first is completely natural and totally free: Get outside every day wearing as little clothing as local laws and common decency will allow.
That’s hard to do during bitter cold winter months… and most folks just don’t get enough sunshine even in spring and summer to get the D vitamin levels they need to fight cancer, protect the heart, and boost the immune system.
So along with getting outside when you can, I recommend the second way of getting your D: with a high-quality D3 supplement.
Look for a minimum of 2,000 IU per day, but some folks might need double that level or more. If you’re unsure, ask your doc to run a D test to find out where your levels are and how much you need to boost them.