Have you been tested for a vitamin D deficiency? Most physicals for women now include a blood test for vitamin D levels. It appears that many of us are not getting enough Vitamin D naturally, out in the sun. Many make-up formulas include sun screen. Many moisturizers include sun screen. What this all means is the 10-15 minutes outside every day that is recommended for natural Vitamin D absorption just doesn’t happen. For women with a history of skin cancers, being out in the sun is not a good idea.
There is a new study out and here is a quick take away:
“Women who are diagnosed with late-stage and aggressive breast cancer are more likely to have a low vitamin D level than women who have less aggressive cancer. Women who had blood plasma concentration of less than 20 ng/mL were eight times more likely to be diagnosed with regional or distal spread of cancer when compared to women who had normal vitamin D levels. The study also found that African American women were four times more likely to have low vitamin D levels compared with white women.”
Here is a link to the entire study.
Here is another informative synopsis:
Conclusion? Have the blood test for Vitamin D next office visit, especially if you are a breast cancer survivor.
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