Combining a diet containing high doses of vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids with minimal muscle training at home may reduce the risk of cancer in older adults. That’s according to a new study from Zurich.
Each of the three components of the “recipe” by itself has a positive effect in preventing cancer in people over 70 years old. Their combination makes it possible to significantly increase the desired effect: the triple measure reduces the risk of developing cancer by 61%, as indicated on Friday by the University of Zurich, which conducted this study.
Vitamin D prevents the growth of cancer cells. Omega-3 fatty acid slows down the transformation of normal cells into cancerous cells. Exercise improves immune function and reduces inflammation, which also helps prevent cancer.
Three safe and cheap measures
Citing the press release, Heike Bischoff Ferrari, a professor and researcher in geriatrics at the University of Zurich, said that these three measures combined can reduce a significant proportion of cancer in the elderly because they are very safe and inexpensive. A total of 2,157 guinea pigs participated in the three-year study in Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria and Portugal.
The researcher notes that “apart from preventive recommendations such as sun protection or no smoking, public health efforts to prevent cancer have so far been limited.” In middle-aged adults, they are referred for examinations and vaccinations.
More studies are needed to further verify the potential of combined prophylaxis and to account for longer observational periods. Cancer is the second most common cause of death among the elderly. The risk of suffering from it increases with age.
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