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Doctors recommend obese cancer patients get more aggressive vitamin D suppl

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The BMI of a patient should be taken into account when determining their vitamin D status, according to researchers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). In a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting earlier this month, the researchers found that obese cancer patients had significantly lower levels of vitamin D compared to non-obese patients.

"Currently, the dietary recommendations for vitamin D do not take into account a patient's BMI," said Carolyn Lammersfeld, national director of nutrition for CTCA and a principal investigator in the study.

The study consisted of 740 cancer patients seen at CTCA from January 2008 to June 2008 and found that obese cancer patients - with a BMI of 30 or greater - had significantly lower levels of vitamin D compared to non-obese patients.

The researchers concluded that BMI should be taken into account when assessing a patient's vitamin D status and more aggressive vitamin D supplementation should be considered in obese cancer patients.

The exact nature of the relationship between vitamin D and obesity is unclear, as various studies have shown conflicting results. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a greater risk of cancer in many studies and vitamin D tests are increasingly recommended to monitor health.ADNFCR-2248-ID-19226449-ADNFCR

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