According to CTV News, in North America, more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. But new research shows that much premature childbirth can be avoided by raising pregnant women's vitamin D levels. A new study from South Carolina involved more than 1,000 pregnant women and found that up to 90% of pregnant women lacked vitamin D. Researchers found that this problem was particularly evident among African-American and Hispanic women.
The study found that the lower vitamin D levels in women's blood are, the higher the risk of premature delivery will be. The researchers then offered free vitamin D supplements to low-level women. The study found that women who raised vitamin D levels to 40 nanograms per milliliter had a 62% lower premature birth rate. Canadian experts say more research is needed to confirm the results of the study.
Dr. William D. Fraser is a gynecologist and obstetrician and a clinical researcher at Universite de Sherbrooke. He said that vitamin D can be found in a variety of foods and can be managed through cheap supplements, "so vitamin D is relatively easy to get for people."
Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem worldwide, especially during pregnancy. A foreign Meta-analysis in 2015 showed that vitamin D deficiency was associated with metabolic dysfunction and abnormal sex hormone secretion in PCOS patients.
The main component of estrogen is a fat-soluble substance. Vitamin D provides the raw material for its synthesis, which is conducive to stimulating the body to produce more estrogen. For women in adolescence, vitamin D supplementation can promote physical development; for women with irregular menstruation, vitamin D is also helpful.
However, symptoms such as irregular menstruation usually occur in women with uterine diseases such as uterine fibroids and adenomyosis. In addition, patients will also have low back pain, severe vaginal bleeding or dysmenorrhea, and other symptoms. A study by the National Institutes of Health also shows that vitamin D can effectively reduce the size of benign uterine leiomyomas.
A uterine fibroid may also lead to pregnancy complications such as infertility, abortion, or premature delivery. Even if the uterus is removed surgically, there are still some women who suffer from symptoms. After the operation, patients can take Fuyan Pill, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine with effects of activating blood circulation and removing blood stasis, invigorating spleen, and removing dampness to eliminate residual inflammation and bacteria.
Moreover, its anti-fibrosis and calcification effect can effectively prevent the proliferation of tumors and recurrence of disease without any side effects on the body.