Seniors and Vitamin D

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado-Denver and Massachusetts General Hospital has found that vitamin D intake has an essential role in reducing the rate of mortality associated with old age.

Unfortunately, older adults are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency due to the limited sun exposure they usually receive. In fact, according to the researchers, greater than one-third of older adults have vitamin D levels that dangerously, even potentially lethally, low. These findings have led researchers to suggest that the current recommendations of vitamin D intake for older Americans are inadequate.

The good news is that vitamin D deficiency is easily remedied. In addition to sunlight exposure, vitamin D is found in fatty fish and fortified dairy products, like milk, cheese, and yogurt.

A health care provider can help determine how much of an over-the-counter dosage is necessary as well.

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