Researchers have discovered that women who were low in vitamin D at the time they were diagnosed with breast cancer were 94% more likely to have the breast cancer spread and worsen, and 73% more likely to die from it.

The findings are being considered promising but are far from conclusive. There was a similar study done in 1999 that found no link between the vitamin and the cancer. Doctor's are advising women not to start taking D supplements as a preventative measure until more is known, but there are a few doctors that are testing patients for low levels and putting them on the vitamin.

We get little of this vitamin from the food we eat. The recommended amount is 1000 IU per day. So you can either take the supplement or better yet spend 10 minutes in sunlight. That 10 minutes will give you 12,000 IU's of vitamin D. Too much of D can be toxic and dangerous, and too much sun is bad also. Less than one minute of sunlight will give you your daily dose of the vitamin, and you can get that just going outside to get your mail or walking to your car.

I do have to wonder though, if one minute of sunlight does a body good, then how could so many women be so deficient in vitamin D? I guess this is something we have to wait for another study to determine, or not.

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The British Journal of Sports Medicine studied 62 other studies concerning physical activity in relation to breast cancer.

What they found is while all physical activity cuts risks somewhat there are certain groups of woman that benefit more than others from it.

Women who were postmenopausal and near normal bmi or body mass index, seemed to benefit the most, cutting their risks for breast cancer by 25% to 30%. They also found that recreational activity was more of a benefit than work activity.

They say that more research is needed to determine more definitive results.

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Breastfeeding for infants just starting out is on the rise, in fact more mothers are doing than in the past ten years. Doctors say this is great news but they are disappointed in the fact that the breastfeeding does not continue as long as they would like.

Although it's now up to 77%,the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that for the first six months the child be fed only breast milk, and after that it should be combined with some baby food till the child turns one year old. The American Academy of Family Physicians and The World Health Organization agree, but would like to see it continue till two years of age.

Now here's the funny part. Even though doctors encourage breastfeeding, they say that usually when the mom is discharged from the hospital she is given a diaper bag with formula in it. They believe that the gift makes moms stop the breastfeeding sooner. The thing that really doesn't make any sense to me is that they claim studies showed that even when the moms are given empty diaper bags they stop breastfeeding.

Does anyone know what one has to do with the other? Or are their studies a bit faulty?

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