A University of Washington study found that breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors (estrogen-lowering drugs) who also took 4,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day and 50,000 IU of vitamin D per week experienced significantly less musculoskeletal pain than women taking only 4,000 IU per day and a placebo. The high weekly dose of the fat-soluble vitamin was very beneficial to patients.
|Careful Vitamin D dosing can help women maintain bone and muscle mass which might otherwise be lost due to estrogen reduction whether it's caused by menopause or breast cancer treatment. (Photo by Pascal Thauvin, Creative commons photos from sxc.hu)|
For more information about the study and its implications, read Sunshine vitamin may mitigate muscle and joint pain in breast cancer patients