New research from the University of Rochester Medical Center and presented only a few days ago at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's 2009 Breast Cancer Symposium examined the vitamin D levels of 166 women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Analysis of blood samples from these women indicated that more than two-thirds of them had low (less than 32 milligrams per milliliter according to the Institute of Medicine) levels of vitamin D. The study scientists additionally reported that giving these breast cancer patients high doses of vitamin D, 50,000 IU per week, improved the patients' blood levels of vitamin D. You can read the full press release HERE.
Unfortunately, the press release was not completely clear to me on whether the low vitamin D levels existed before breast cancer treatment was started or whether the breast cancer treatment caused the vitamin D deficiency. We are seeing more and more evidence in the scientific literature that vitamin D is very important for a number of chronic health conditions and that nearly half of the general population is deficient in vitamin D, partly due to our current dietary habits.
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