Vitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk

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Boosting levels of vitamin D and calcium in post-menopausal women did not help them reduce their breast cancer risk.  This is the first real test on whether vitamin D actually causes poor health as opposed to just being a marker for poor health, and it failed.  So far, we have a few good studies to show that people with low vitamin D levels are more prone to illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, but there is no evidence yet that giving people vitamin D supplements will reduce their disease risk.  In a study of more than 36,000 post-menopausal women, those taking vitamin D and calcium supplements for seven years did not have any lower risk for breast cancer than those taking a placebo.  However, the door isn’t closed on vitamin D and breast cancer just yet.  It is possible women need to take the supplements when they’re younger to get benefits, or perhaps they’ll even need higher doses. 

 

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Osteoporosis Is Not Just A Women’s Disease

Osteoporosis Is Not Just A Women’s Disease

When we hear osteoporosis, we usually picture a postmenopausal woman. But 2-million American men have osteoporosis, and another 12-million are at risk. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, in men over age 50, the risk of osteoporosis is greater than the risk of prostate cancer. Around age 70, men, like women, experience a precipitous drop in hormone levels, creating a similar risk profile for fragility fractures. Yet many clinicians don’t counsel men about osteoporosis or screen them for risk factors. And most elderly men have no idea they are at risk for osteoporosis and disabling osteoporotic fractures.

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The Estrogen Controversy

The Estrogen Controversy

There is a controversy about estrogen and it’s definitely one that has been brewing for quite some time; whether or not estrogen actually can actually increase the risk of a whole wide variety of problems. The thing about estrogen is it was commonly given to women at the time of menopause because it clearly helped with things such as hot flashes. But studies have shown that there are problems associated with breast cancer, heart disease, and other issues. Estrogen may not be the answer; in some women it is, but in some women it should be avoided. You need to talk about estrogen with your doctor.

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