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Vitamin D Deficiency and Other Fibroid Risk Factors

Posted on May 21, 2024

What do your stress levels, activity levels, and deficient levels of vitamin D have in common? Well, they're all factors that can increase your risk for uterine fibroids! Want to lower your fibroid risk and get a better understanding of what happens if these growths form in your body? Let's dive in, together!

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Understanding uterine fibroids

Fibroids are growths in the uterine cavity, within the uterine wall, or attached to your uterus via stalk-like growths. Formed out of smooth, muscular tissue, they vary widely in size, sometimes going undetected, but sometimes causing painful symptoms such as heavy periods, back pain, frequent urination and more. For that reason, many women choose to treat fibroids with UFE, the minimally invasive procedure offered in our Georgia interventional radiology practice. Or, better yet, they try to reduce fibroid risk to avoid the need for future treatment.

Vitamin D Deficiency and Other Fibroid Risks

We don't know exactly why some women develop fibroids while others don't. We do know, though, that black women develop these tumors at a higher rate. Additionally, stress is a risk factor for fibroids, as this study revealed a connection between women's elevated stress levels and higher concentrations of potentially tumor-causing mRNA detected in their uterine tissue. Plus, vitamin d deficiency can affect your period and increase your fibroid risk.

You see, when your body has enough vitamin d stored up, it's able to block the production of chemicals with links to fibroid growth. In fact, this could explain why black women are disproportionately impacted by fibroids: they're 10 times more likely to have a vitamin d deficiency than white women!

Recently, researchers discovered that staying sedentary for 6 or more hours each day also increases fibroid risk!  Specifically, remaining sedentary most increased fibroid risk for women in perimenopause (the transition period between regular menstruation and menopause.)

In combination, your fibroid risk can be impacted by each of these factors. So, if you believe you have an increased risk, and notice any fibroid symptoms, seek help right away from our Georgia fibroid specialists.

Georgia Fibroid Treatment Options

Too many women are told that you must remove your uterus to find fibroid relief. But that’s not always true. In reality, many women relieve fibroid symptoms with minimally invasive UFE, a procedure that cuts off blood flow to your fibroids, causing them to shrink, while preserving your uterus!

Of course, some women may prefer to surgically remove individual growths via myomectomy. And that's a personal decision. But here's what you need to really understand: there are choices when it comes to fibroid treatments. A hysterectomy is not your only option. So request an appointment with our fibroid specialists today. We'll put you on the path to relief, while helping you avoid unnecessary surgeries and premature menopause!

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