Laron Syndrome- Hope for Prevention of Cancer and Diabetes

A small group of people in Ecuador suffer from Laron Syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes them shorter than the average person. This syndrome seems to protect them against diabetes and cancer. Of the 100 people only one has died of cancer.

Dr. Jaime Guevara-Aguirre, who has been studying the Laron group for three decades, believes the genetic makeup/ composition of these people could help prevent cancer and diabetes. The goal is to extract the anti-disease properties of Laron syndrome into a medicine.

Laron patients have a defect in the hormone receptor. This receptor is supposed to bind the growth hormone and produce a substance called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). The Laron patients do not have IGF-1 because there is no binding.

Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Relation

Low Vitamin D levels can cause problems in women. A research conducted by Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto measured the Vitamin D levels in the blood of 500+ women when they were having their breast cancer diagnosis. The study showed that women with no evidence of the disease were the ones with adequate levels of Vitamin D.

Hence it means that a healthy and good level of Vitamin D is important than just maintaining strong bones. It has to be noted that vitamin D does not help treat Breast cancer so if you have breast cancer it will not help having supplements. The study also show women with high levels of Vitamin D are more at risk of succumbing to the disease.

Between 400-600IU is a good amount of Vitamin D a person should get. The easiest source would be 15 minutes in the sun. Some food contain Vitamin D like fish) mackerel, tuna and salmon, Beef liver and egg yolks.