Vitamin D Deficiency and Breast Cancer
Recently, the advice to take Vitamin D supplements was questioned by medical experts. But now a new study takes another look at Vitamin D and womens health -- specifically its connection to breast cancer.
A research study led by Claire Friedman, BS, from the New York University School of Medicine in New York City was presented at the 33rd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. It showed that even though a majority of women in the study (73%) all of whom had breast cancer, were taking vitamin D supplements, 25% were still deficient in the vitamin.
According to Friedman the conclusion of the study is that vitamin D supplements are not one size fits all. Friedman also pointed to populations of women who might benefit from D supplements such as women who are obese and overweight or who are nonwhite.
What makes the studys findings so intriguing is that previous research showed D deficiency was associated with worse breast cancer outcome and in this study it was found that postmenopausal breast cancer survivors were found to be D deficient.
If youre considering whether or not take vitamin D supplements speak with your doctor.
Robin Westen is ThirdAges medical reporter. Check for her daily updates. She is the author of Ten Days to Detox: How to Look and Feel a Decade Younger.
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