Savor the Sun And Eliminate Fibroids?

Vitamin D has come out of the closet as only a nutrient for bone health, and has grabbed the spotlight as a component that is essential for many aspects of women's health. The newest buzz on vitamin D is that proper levels can help prevent uterine fibroids in women. In the May issue of Epidemiology a group of researchers has linked Vitamin D to uterine fibroids.  The researchers studied a group of white women and a group of black women for whom they measured blood levels of vitamin D. The cut off for health vitamin D level in this study was 20, although many experts would set that number much higher. They then asked the groups of women health history. Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomata are common muscle cell growths in a woman's uterus. There seems to be both increased cells and thickened substances between the cells in the case of uterine fibroids. The growths can be so small as to permanently escape detection, or so large that the uterus itself can harbor growths the size of a full term pregnancy. It's been a mystery as to why some women grow these tumors. They are almost never cancerous and yet are the most common reason for a hysterectomy each year as women with larger fibroids can have very heavy menstrual bleeding. Healthy Vitamin D levels in this study reduced the odds of getting a fibroid by over 30%. Even sunshine exposure of over an hour a day, a reason a woman might have extra Vitamin D, had a reduced risk of uterine fibroids. Both blacks and whites had similar findings in this study. One study doesn't prove the finding, and an epidemiologic study cannot determine how much exposure and by what age we really need to effectively lower the uterine fibroid growths, and for those who can get good D levels without sun exposure the associate probably will still hold. But lots of work still to be done on this subject. So the next time you gab with your gyno, ask her if you should get a check on your vitamin D levels.


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