- Question from Lydia: Many of us who are dealing with breast cancer are older women, and I've been reading that things like Vitamin D should be taken in higher doses by those of us over 50. Is it advisable to adjust doses for age, as well as health status?
- Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. Most nutrients requirements do have some adjustment for age and Vitamin D is an area of very active research in cancer. In fact, a scientific meeting to discuss the role of Vitamin D in cancer is being held at the National Institute of Health in early May.
- Melinda Irwin Older women have a loss of bone mass about 1 percent per year. You should be having a DEXA scan to monitor your bone mineral density, and if you're taking a hormone therapy, then Vitamin D may be beneficial.
- Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. The other thing is, depending on where you live in the country, you may be at greater risk. Certainly, people living in the northern states and people with darker pigmentation are at greater risk for inadequate Vitamin D.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.
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