If we were exposed to sunlight for just a minimum of 15 minutes a day to our arms and legs we could produce over 3000 IU of Vitamin D. Of course with this comes the concern for skin cancer and in the winter, it is not possible to get adequate sunlight. We are also inside more with out great technological advancements with computers and tv's and such.
How can we improve our bone health and that is adequate dietary calcium intake, exercise and looking at risk factors for osteoporosis. We as women, can lose up to 1.5 inches as part of the aging process.Vitamin D deficiency can be seen in patients that have had bariatric surgery, kidney or liver disease or are malnourished and of course we know it is highly prevalent in breast cancer patients.
So what do we do with this information: 1. Talk to your PCP about how to address these concerns and how to maintain an adequate level 2. Manage adequate dietary calicum intake 3. Exercise 4. Have assessment of risk factors for osteoporosis.
Bisphosphonates are now used for treatment of osteoporosis and for those women with systemic breast cancer and metastasis of the bone. We are also aware of a lack of Vitamin D can be related to prostate, colon, and breast cancer.
Vitamin D deficiency is fairly common and recognizing the problem is the first step to address it.
I hope that this has provided you some information and that you will make it a great day. S
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