Study: Uterine Fibroids and Vitamin D Levels

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Study: Uterine Fibroids and Vitamin D Levels

Click inside to read up on a recent study linking Vitamin D benefits to decreased uterine fibroid issues.

According to a new study in the May issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, women with adequate levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop uterine fibroids than those with insufficient levels.

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors of the uterus that often cause pain and bleeding in premenopausal women and are the leading cause of hysterectomy in the United States.

The study carried out by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), included more than 1,000 women, aged 35 to 49, living in the Washington, D.C., area from 1996 to 1999. Blood samples taken from the women were analyzed for vitamin D levels. Those with sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop uterine fibroids than those with insufficient vitamin D levels.

Researchers also found that women who spent more than one hour outside per day had a 40 percent decreased risk of fibroids. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D also comes from food and supplements.

The study also found that fewer black women than white women had sufficient levels of vitamin D, but the reduction in the risk of fibroids was about the same for both.

At any rate, researchers agree that although these findings are consistent with previous laboratory studies, further research is needed to solidify the findings.

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