When Daylight Savings Time Stops - Consider Taking Vitamin D

    Canadian Cancer Society Recommends 1,000 IUs of Vitamin D Daily

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Changing our clocks on November 2 is an
excellent time to consider taking a daily Vitamin D supplement, says the
Canadian Cancer Society.
    "Because of our country's northern latitude, the sun's rays are weaker
during fall and winter months and Canadians don't produce enough Vitamin D
from sunlight during this time," says Heather Chappell, Senior Manager, Cancer
Control Policy, Canadian Cancer Society. "Our Vitamin D recommendation is
based on the growing body of evidence about the potential link between
Vitamin D and reducing risk for colorectal, breast and prostate cancers."

    In consultation with their healthcare providers, the Society recommends

    -   Adults living in Canada should consider taking Vitamin D
        supplementation of 1,000 international units (IU) a day during the
        fall and winter.

    -   Adults at higher risk of having lower Vitamin D levels should
        consider taking a Vitamin D supplement of 1,000 IU/day all year
        round. This includes people:

        -   50 years of age and older;
        -   with dark skin;
        -   who don't go outside often, and;
        -   who wear clothing that covers most of their skin.

    A recent cross-Canada poll commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society
from Innovative Research Group shows that 90 per cent of respondents stated
that Vitamin D is important for the health of Canadians. And almost
50 per cent say they are likely to begin taking a Vitamin D supplement as the
days become shorter.
    "These cross-Canada results are heartening as they show that many
Canadians are not only aware of the health benefits of Vitamin D, but a good
number are also considering taking the supplement this fall and winter," says
    Canadian women appear more familiar with Vitamin D than men. Women were
more likely to be aware of the Society's Vitamin D recommendation, to have
taken Vitamin D before and to be planning to take it this year.
    "The Society is committed to informing as many Canadians as possible
about this important emerging area of cancer prevention," says Paul Lapierre,
Vice-President, Public Affairs and Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society.
    For Canadians in provinces that do not have daylight savings, the Society
urges them to also consider taking Vitamin D on November 2.
    In addition to taking supplements, people can get Vitamin D by exposure
to sunlight and in their diets. Chappell cautions Canadians who travel south
during the winter months about overexposing themselves to sunlight.
    "It's important to remember that a few minutes a day of unprotected sun
exposure is usually all that is needed for some people to get enough
Vitamin D," says Chappell.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website at www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free,
bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    About the poll

    The national survey was prepared and analyzed by Innovative Research
Group. It was conducted via a Harris/Decima telephone omnibus survey among
1,235 Canadians from October 2 to October 5, 2008. Margin of error for a
sample this size is +/- 2.8, 19 times out of 20.

    The poll results are available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Alexa Giorgi, Bilingual Communications
Specialist, (416) 934-5681

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