A Vitamin That May Reduce the Risk of Uterine Fibroids

…..It seems that every day there is a study revealing the importance of having a normal level of vitamin D.  A new report even points to an association between fibroids and vitamin D.  Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the uterine smooth muscle, and this affects approximately 30 to 40% of all women.  It is one of the leading causes for a hysterectomy in the United States.  In the laboratory it has been shown that an active metabolite of vitamin D can inhibit the growth of fibroid tissue.

…..AA Vitamin That May Reduce the Risk of Uterine Fibroidspproximately 1000 women ages 35 to 49 years old were enrolled in a study where the vitamin D level was obtained, and the fibroid status was determined by ultrasound screenings of these premenopausal women.  The group with normal vitamin D levels had a 30% lower risk of fibroids as compared to those with vitamin D insufficiency.

…..More research needs to be done to confirm these findings but it seems that sufficient vitamin D may be associated with a reduced risk of uterine fibroids.  As always, speak to your health care provider before beginning any new vitamin supplement program.

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Hysterectomies in This Day and Age

.Surgery….A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus.  There are many reasons to have this surgical procedure, and the decision to undergo a hysterectomy must never be made lightly.  Today, the decisions are becoming more complicated as the surgical techniques change and more options are available.

…..The first laparoscopic hysterectomy was performed about 25 years ago, and this changed gynecological surgery forever.  The instruments used were very basic, the technique was new, and acceptance was gradual.

…..In 2008, only about 20% of hysterectomies performed in the USA were being performed with a laparoscopic technique, but by 2012 the number had risen to about 40%.  This minimally invasive route includes the robotic and the conventional laparoscopic procedures.  The refinement of instruments and robotic technology continues the march to an even larger percentage of hysterectomies being performed by the minimally invasive approaches.

…..Remember, before undergoing any surgery, do your research into the indication for the surgery and the type of procedure.  Check into the surgeon’s experience and background, and always ask many questions before any decisions are made!

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