A new study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has found a possible link between fibroids and vitamin D. In a three-year study of just over 1000 women, aged 35-49, researchers reported that those who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop uterine fibroids than participants with insufficient vitamin D.
If you have been experiencing fibroids, it’s worth having a simple blood test to see if your levels of Vitamin D are adequate. Click here to order a home Vitamin D test kit.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, steroid vitamin, that is essential for enhancing the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. It is obtained from the sun, not from food, which explains why it’s often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” You can see why the increasing use of sunscreens have contributed to deficiencies in this important vitamin.
The participants in this study were also asked to complete a questionnaire on sun exposure. Those who reported spending more than one hour outside per day also had a decreased risk of fibroids. The estimated reduction was a whopping 40 percent.
It’s interesting to note that the researchers in this study considered 20ng/ml of 25 hydroxy D to be sufficient, though many experts think higher levels of vitamin D- some say between 40 and 60 ng/ml- may be required for good health. For more on this, visit the website of Grassroots Health, where you’ll learn a lot about the health benefits of vitamin D, including why it is believed to protect us from breast and other types of cancers. Grassroots Health, asserts that “77 percent of cancer could possibly be prevented IF your serum level is 40ng/ml or higher.”
The NIEHS supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health and is part of the National Institutes of Health. Its website provides information on common conditions and diseases that evidence shows may be strongly linked to environmental exposures. The list includes breast and lung cancer, Lupus and Asthma.
It also has a list of chemicals or factors in the environment that may cause adverse health effects. That list includes Bisphenol A (BPA), endocrine disruptors, mold and soy infant formula.
Finally, if you click on Women’s Health, you’ll see what the NIEHS is doing on women’s health. It’s an interesting list of research projects including one on Breast Cancer Risk and Environmental Factors.
Have you had your vitamin D level checked recently?