Higher Levels of Vitamin D Needed by Older People to Ensure Muscle Health

Higher Levels of Vitamin D Needed by Older People to Ensure Good Muscle Health?

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Researchers at Wake Forest University have shown that ‘seniors’ who have higher levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D)) in their blood also tend to be healthier ‘physically’. 

The researchers believe that this could lead to a need for older people who want to stay physically active – to take vitamin D supplementation.

The researchers admit that they have not yet made a causal link between the two factors and that the higher levels of vitamin D found in ‘healthier’ seniors might be linked to the fact that they are more active – and do get out in the sunshine more.

The researchers analysed data from 2,788 people with an average age of 75. Blood levels of stored vitamin D were measured at the start of the study and then after 2 and 4 years.

They also measured how quickly participants could walk 6 metres, how quickly they could rise from a chair five times, and how well they maintained their balance when asked to adopt a challenging position.

People with the highest levels of physical function also had the highest levels of vitamin D levels people with the lowest levels of physical function had insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D.

A professor from Ruhr University has also just estimated that Germany could save around €40 Billion off the cost of health care if everyone gets enough vitamin D.

And in Finland, their National Nutritional Council has just recommended that the intake levels for vitamin D for the over 60’s should be doubled.

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