Dr. Cedric Garland shares how a woman knows if her low vitamin D blood level is putting her at an increased risk for breast cancer.
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How does a woman know if her low vitamin D blood level is putting her at an increased risk for breast cancer? Well, the best way is to have a test done of the blood. In fact, it’s the only sure way. It’s easy to do. It just takes a few drops of blood on a little blotter sent to a laboratory. It comes back in a few days, and then we know what the level is, just as you would with a cholesterol level or some other measure that will be devoted to protecting your health. And then when you get that level, it’s best to consult with a doctor or a dietician who is familiar with your medical history, and use an individual and make a decision about the best way to raise that vitamin D level. That will usually involve, if there’s no contra-indication, a little bit of sunshine, it may involve eating more foods that contain vitamin D, probably will involve a little bit of vitamin D supplementation. It’s best if it’s done in combination.