In a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Dr. Kristin Skinner reported her findings that breast cancer patients had significantly lower levels of vitamin D compared to the control group.
In other words, vitamin D deficiency was more than twice as common in women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.
As we have discussed before, optimal levels of vitamin D is greater than 30ng/mL. Most institutions and medical practices recommend levels above 40ng/mL.
As you know, vitamin D is produced by the skin with exposure to sunlight. It can also be absorbed through foods and supplements.
People living in northern states generally have low levels of vitamin D because of the lack of exposure to sunlight. Low levels of vitamin D are also found in some individuals who protect their skin by wearing full clothing and sunscreen.
It is very important for both men and women individuals to have their vitamin D levels checked. Do you know your vitamin D levels? Be sure to ask your doctor to order the appropriate blood work to check your vitamin D levels.
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