THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D AND BREAST CANCER
How many of you take Vitamin D on a regular basis? For those of you who are new to The Middle Page, I am a 2 1/2 year Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivor. I had no idea how important Vitamin D was in preventing so many diseases, including breast cancer. I have a check up with my oncologist every four months, and one thing that is always checked is my Vitamin D level. Did you know that women with lower levels of this vitamin have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers believe that Vitamin D may play a role in stopping breast cancer cells from growing.
Many of us have developed low levels of Vitamin D, because we are not getting in the sun as much, and when we do, we lather on the sunscreen for protection. Also, the darker your skin is, the less you produce. The recommendation is to take it in the D3 form. Current recommendations are as follows: Those younger than 50 take 200 international units per day. Ages 50-70 should take 400 I.U. per day, and over 70 should take 600. Vitamin D can also be found in milk, some yogurts, some orange juice, and some soy milk (must say “fortified with vitamin D”). Foods that contain vitamin D, are salmon, catfish, oysters, sardines, and mackerel (personally only eating salmon…the others, yuck!!!)
I have been thinking about sharing this with all of you for a while now and am not sure why I haven’t until now. Right now I am talking with six women (five of which have breast cancer) about their cancer and treatment. It seems that as soon as I advise one, another one gets diagnosed. I don’t know what is going on, but it seems like there is a lot of cancer right now. I thought you all should know about Vitamin D, if you didn’t already. A couple of other things I include with my daily vitamins, are Tumeric capsules (be sure to get it with black pepper) and a product called Broccomax. Supposedly, broccoli seeds and sprouts, have been associated with decreased incidence and tumor growth in animal cancer testing. According to research at the University of Michigan, Sulforaphane—a compound in broccoli, (which is what is in Broccomax), has been shown to reduce the number of breast cancer stem cells in mice. Taking a capsule every day, assures me that I am getting a recommended dose of broccoli!
Okay, so there are your health tips from me today! Take care of yourselves Ladies!!! You all are very important!
Have a fantastic day!!!
January 28, 2016 @ 4:26 pm
Thank you for this post Cathy! It is not only important for preventing breast cancer but osteoporosis too!
February 1, 2016 @ 4:10 am
Hi Chuky! I am so happy to share what I learn from my doctors! I hope it helps someone that doesn’t know. Thank you for your comments, as I really appreciate them!!! xoxo
January 28, 2016 @ 5:16 pm
Thank you!! Also supports your endocrine system. I heard an endocrinologist recommend 50,000 IU weekly for all ages. I checked with my family physician and that’s what I’m taking.
February 1, 2016 @ 4:08 am
Hi Denise! I am so happy to pass along the information that I have learned! I think from your comment and others, that I am going to beef up my dosage too! Thank you for commenting and reading!!! xoxo
January 28, 2016 @ 5:48 pm
Thank you for this post. I am 22-years NED. I had Stage IV breast cancer with liver mets. I do take Vitamin D but not the other two things that you take. I’ll have to add them to my arsenal! Glad you are doing well.
February 1, 2016 @ 4:07 am
Hi Mary! I got chills when I read this comment! Congratulations and God Bless you for beating that horrible beast! You are such an inspiration to me!!! I am so happy for you! I cannot wait to get to five years, but honestly, I have checked that off the list! I am never ever allowing that again!!! Thank you for your comment, because you give such hope!!! Keep on going girl!!!! xoxo
January 28, 2016 @ 7:16 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this information. Good thoughts to you!
February 1, 2016 @ 4:03 am
Hi Mary! Thank you so much, and thanks for commenting!!! xoxo
January 28, 2016 @ 11:02 pm
I found this out after being diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. And guess what…my vitamin D level was low! Thank you for sharing with others!
February 1, 2016 @ 4:02 am
Hi Elaine! I am so sorry that you had to go through being diagnosed with breast cancer too! I hope you are doing really well, and living life! I think a lot of people don’t realize that they are deficient and that a lack of Vitamin D, can cause some major issues! Thank you so much for your comment! Wishing you lots of great health!!! xx
January 29, 2016 @ 1:35 pm
Thank you!Happy to hear you are healthy and being proactive in taking care of yourself. Thank you for spreading the word. I have osteopenia and I take lots of D now!
I didn’t know calcium can’t work unless your body has enough D!
February 1, 2016 @ 3:59 am
Hi Paula! You are most welcome! I am so glad to know that you are already on the Vitamin D bandwagon! We have to take care of ourselves!!! Thank you so much for commenting!!! xx
January 29, 2016 @ 4:01 pm
Are you sure the numbers are correct? My oncologist has me on 2,000 IUs daily and at The Gem they sell Vitamin D in 5,000 IUs.
February 1, 2016 @ 3:58 am
Hey Renee! Those were just standard recommendations. I think you can take more for sure! I just felt like I should only pass on the recommended numbers I found. Thank you for commenting, and I hope you are doing really well!!!
January 29, 2016 @ 6:01 pm
Thank you for the health information, am passing it along to my daughters !
February 1, 2016 @ 3:56 am
Hey Jeila! My pleasure! We need to teach our daughters these things!!! xoxo
January 30, 2016 @ 12:12 pm
Good info, cat. Thanks for passing it along. No telling how many really needed to hear it. I’m so glad you are sharing your experience with others.
February 1, 2016 @ 3:55 am
Hi Pat! Thank you for commenting! I am trying to get the word out about Vitamin D, and other supplements I take and know about! xx
February 1, 2016 @ 6:26 pm
You are so right! We all need vitamins and spices like tumeric and ginger. A well balanced diet and exercise is the source to a healthy lifestyle. Natural ingredients are always best. They absorb quickly in our bodies. Also finding happiness in ourselves helps our body and mind.
You have a wonderful outlook on life and you are aninspiration.
Have a lovely day and week!
February 4, 2016 @ 4:11 am
It was great meeting you at Create and Cultivate Dallas. We sat next to each other during The art of the Pitch panel. I love your blog and this post on Vitamin D. I went to Penn State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and I actually wrote my thesis on Vitamin D deficiency and it’s link to chronic illnesses, focusing on breast cancer. Glad you are aware and spreading your knowledge.
Let’s keep in touch!
February 9, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Hi Anna! It was so great meeting you too!!! I totally remember you!!! Thank you for your sweet comments about my blog and post! After going through breast cancer, I am so passionate about passing on what I have learned. I cannot wait until you launch!!! Please let me know when you do! Would love nothing more than to keep in touch! Thank you for reaching out!!! xoxo