Vitamin D

Nutritional Pearls: Vitamin D Supplements Don't Prevent Cancer or Heart Disease

  • Your patient is a 52-year-old man who isn’t getting enough vitamin D. He tells you that because of a fear of skin cancer, he tries to avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight and that he struggles to find foods that are high in vitamin D. Because of this, he is interested in beginning to take a vitamin D supplement to help lower his risk of cancer and heart disease.

    How do you advise your patient?

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