Vitamin D shrinks fibroid tumors in rats – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. For women with uterine fibroids who experience sever symptoms, there are few treatment options, other than surgical removal of the uterus, called a hysterectomy.
De Paolo: And of course once that happens, the woman is basically sterile.
Narrator: Dr. Louis De Paolo at the NIH says, a recent study in rats has shown that treatment with vitamin D reduces the size of fibroids.
De Paolo: In the animals that got the vitamin D, the tumor size was reduced by 75%.
Narrator: Though very preliminary, these results are encouraging. For more on the potential of vitamin D as a treatment for fibroids, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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