The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism recently published the results of research performed on the affects of Low Vitamin D Levels on older people. The study found that individuals age 55 or older with low vitamin D levels are more inclined to have physical disabilities that hinder them from functioning adequately when performing day to day tasks.
For the study researchers gathered information from nearly 2000 participants which were tested in areas such as dressing themselves, standing and sitting, walking up the stairs, and performing daily hygiene tasks. Then afterwards the participants of the study were given blood tests which identified where their Vitamin D levels stood.
Once accounting for the contraindications that would interfere with any results of the study such as diseases, physical activity, and age, researchers concluded that those who demonstrated more disabilities and problems performing daily tasks were more likely to have lower Vitamin D levels that fall around 20 nanograms per milileter. This was 10 nanograms lower than what a normal healthy level of Vitamin D falls at (30 nanograms per mililiter.
University of Amsterdam professor and author of the study, Dr. Evelien Sohl stated in the journal:
“Maybe vitamin D supplements would be of benefit. But before we can assume this, we have to test it in randomized controlled trials.”
Vitamin D is an important nutrient to the human body. It is well-known for promoting bone health and for enabling calcium to be better utilized by the body’s system. Decreased Vitamin D levels have been proven in other types of studies to increase people’s risks of having health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, cognitive impairment in the elderly, and even certain types of cancers.
An individual can improve and increase their Vitamin D levels by getting exposure to healthy amounts of sunlight, drinking Calcium and Vitamin D enriched milks and dairy products, taking daily vitamin supplements, and increasing the amount of fish and fish oil one consumes in their diet.