Vitamin D Can Reduce the Risk of Uterine Fibroids

Growing up our parents told us to drink lots of milk to promote vitamin D needed to build strong bones. Well, it turns out vitamin D is not just good for healthy bones but is effective in preventing uterine fibroids.

A study published in the journal of medicine found that vitamin D addition in women with low vitamin D levels reduced the growth of “small burden” uterine fibroids.

Women who have sufficient amounts of vitamin D made by the skin naturally by spending more than 30 minutes out in the sun each day are 32% less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D

Apart from the sun and milk, vitamin D is found in in food supplements such as:

  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Wheat germ
  • Avocadoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Fish
  • Egg yolk

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. They often result in pain, and bleeding in perimenopausal women and are the leading cause of removal of the uterus. Increased risk factors include ethnicity, elevated BMI, age, premenopausal status, hypertension, family history, and food additives.

Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency plays a role in uterine fibroid development, as vitamin D levels are significantly lower in patients with uterine fibroids compared to patients without them.

2 thoughts on “Vitamin D Can Reduce the Risk of Uterine Fibroids

  1. Good evening Dr, please I need your advice. Am very confused at this moment. I just found out that the girl I want to marry has As genotype and so do I.
    The truth is that both of love each other and we have decided to spend the rest of our lives together even at this point because I don’t have the time for a new relationship now.
    Please are there any measure both of us can apply to avert giving birth to a sickler?

    1. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is a way to avoid having babies with SCD. It is a procedure during which fertility specialists can test embryos for genetic conditions, before assisted implantation and conception. By doing this, babies don’t have to inherit certain conditions from their parents and suffer the consequences.
      PGT is done through the biopsy of day 5 embryos generated through the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process. IVF is not necessarily needed to help couples who request PGT as some of them do not have infertility challenges, but to test for genetic conditions, an IVF needs to be done. Once the fertilized eggs become embryos, cells are biopsied to test for specific genetic conditions like Sickle cell. Healthy embryos can then be selected for implantation.

      I pray God help you both to make the right decisions at this point. God bless

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