Vitamin D and Calcium Associated With Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

Calcium & Vitamin D intake may lower Breast Cancer risk You already knew that calcium and Vitamin D are important for health. But a new study by a team of researchers at Harvard Medical Center suggests that pre-menopausal women who get those nutrients either from foods or supplements are less likely to develop breast cancer. It has also long been thought that vitamin D and Calcium may protect against colon cancer.

The study, published on May 28, 2007 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, tracked the health of over 10,000 (10,578) pre-menopausal women, and over 20,000 (20,909) post menopausal women over the course of 10 years. The top fifth of the pre-menopausal women who had the highest intake of Vitamin D and calcium (1,366 milligrams of calcium and 948 units of Vitamin D) had a one-third reduced risk compared with those who consumed the least.

Occurrences of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women aren't very common. Less than 5% of Breast Cancer cases occur in women under the age of 40, and they comprise less than 3% of deaths from breast cancer. Still, getting an optimal daily intake of Calcium and Vitamin D isn't a bad thing; both play a role in preventing osteoporosis, may aid in weight loss, and have other heath benefits.


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