Just about every day, there is new research on the benefits of Vitamin D. Through exposure to direct sunlight, our bodies produce Vitamin D naturally. That is why it is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.”
Last month, a new study cited that “Vitamin D may play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with aging.”
Researchers reviewed evidence that suggests there is an association between vitamin D deficiency and chronic diseases associated with getting older including:
- cognitive decline
- cardiovascular disease
- high blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- some cancers
Now I realize that many of you reading this article do not consider yourself an “aging adult.” I get it. But why not begin now to take care of your body and mind? None of us are getting younger!
But scientists have suggested that today’s modern lifestyle – working longer hours indoors, cloud cover, pollution, intense use of sunscreens, winter weather, reduction in milk consumption and even playing video games indoors – are all factors contributing to Vitamin D deficiency. We simply do not get enough sunlight.
(Does this sound like you?)
And older adults are at even greater risk for vitamin D deficiency due to diet, reduced time outdoors and poor skin absorption of the nutrient.
The Institute of Medicine generally recommends the following dosage of Vitamin D for adults:
- under 70 years of age should take 600 IU of vitamin D daily
- adults over the age of 70 consume 800 IU of the nutrient daily
With the number of people ages 65 and older expected to more than double from 2012 to 2060, the problem will become much more prevalent.
Vitamin D testing is easily available from your physician or health care professional. This medical test can provide you with the exact information of your Vitamin D levels.
If your Vitamin D levels are low, consider supplements.
And when supplementing with Vitamin D, always look at the label for the cholecalciferol form of the vitamin. This is considered to be the most “natural,” most researched, most stable and most potent form of Vitamin D.
Plus it wouldn’t hurt to walk away from the computer, go outside and enjoy the sunshine and absorb some Vitamin D naturally!
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