Evaluating the Vitamins You Take

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There are many vitamins out there and certainly they play a major part in our lives, but the specific vitamins you take, the strengths and weaknesses, all need to be evaluated.  One of the things physicians often talk about when they mention vitamins is the fact that they don’t come without a price.  You have to know which ones you’re taking and if, in fact, there are side-effects or concerns associated with them.  Doctors will tell you that the more you know, the better you can use and take advantage of them as part of your overall health care. 

 

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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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Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy

Preconception care is so important and it’s important for many reasons. First of all, a woman needs to know, if she’s going to become pregnant, what she’s facing. What are the pros, the cons, the concerns? But in addition to that, how do you prepare to have a healthy baby? What are the things you can do? For instance, are there certain foods you should eat? Folic acid is a very important vitamin that should be taken before a woman becomes pregnant, and throughout the pregnancy. A lot of women aren’t aware of that, the importance of folic acid. All of these things need to be evaluated and stressed.

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