A new study has found that, among the various benefits that vitamin D can provide, it could also help reduce fibroids in the uterus, which are the most common non-cancerous tumors among women of childbearing age.
Along with calcium, vitamin D forms an essential combination to keep bones healthy and strong. And although there are some foods that provide us with vitamin D (such as egg yolk and fatty fish such as salmon), the main source of this vitamin is cheap and accessible (unless you live in very cold climates with prolonged periods of darkness), it is the sun (since we synthesize vitamin D from exposure to it).
The deposit of calcium in the bones prevents bones from weakening and the development of osteoporosis , while vitamin D helps the body absorb and use calcium, which also helps to prevent osteoporosis from developing.
But that is not the only benefit of vitamin D. Several studies have linked vitamin D with other health benefits, such as that it could reduce the risk of contracting some heart diseases and some types of cancer or of developing degeneration of the macula in women , as well as avoiding complications during pregnancy .
Now, in addition, a group of researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the United States have found that women who have adequate levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop uterine fibroids or uterine fibroids, compared to those with levels low vitamin D in the blood.
To arrive at these results, which were published in the specialized Epidemiology , the researchers considered the data of more than a thousand women who were between 35 and 49 years old, who lived in Washington, between 1996 and 1999.
The specialists took blood samples from the women who participated and noted that those who had an adequate amount of vitamin D also had a 32 percent lower chance of developing uterine fibroids than those who did not have the recommended vitamin D levels.
The researchers also found that women who spent more than an hour a day outdoors had a 40 percent lower risk of developing fibroids.
Remember that uterine fibroids or uterine fibroids are the most common non-cancerous tumors among women of childbearing age, which are made up of muscle cells and other tissues that grow on and around the wall of the uterus.
Although there are no proven measures to prevent the development of uterine fibroids, there are studies that show that athletic women are less likely to develop uterine fibroids, when compared to obese women or those who do not practice physical exercise.
And now, in addition, it is known that being in the sun for a while every day (outside of dangerous times, of course, since excessive sun exposure is the main cause of skin cancer) could help prevent uterine fibroids.
If you have discomfort or doubts, do not wait to consult your doctor. Also, remember that it is important that you perform regular gynecological checks on your reproductive system.