Studies Show the Importance of Maintaining Optimum Levels of Vitamin D In Your Diet.
EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT PROMPTS YOUR BODY to create vitamin D naturally, but sunlight
alone can't provide all the vitamin D you need for optimum health. Studies have shown
vitamin D deficiency contributes to heart disease. It also contributes to muscle weakness
and poor bone metabolism, increasing the risk of falls and fractures.
University of Melbourne researchers recruited over 1600 adults with an average age
of about 80 years. The subjects' vitamin D levels were recorded and falls were logged
in diaries over a period of five months. Over 35 percent were vitamin D deficient.
According to the diaries, vitamin D deficiency was shown to be a reliable predictor
in falls. Vitamin D deficiency is compounded by age as our skin becomes less effective
at producing it and we are exposed to less sunlight.
Low levels of vitamin D may play a role in heart failure. Researchers at the Department
of Nutrition, University of Bonn, Germany, collected blood samples from 54 congestive
heart failure (CHF) patients over a period of five months. Compared to similar samples
from a group of 34 healthy subjects, the CHF patients had significantly lower vitamin
D levels. In fact, some in the CHF group had vitamin D levels that were only half of
the aaverage level in the other group. Those with the lowest vitamin D levels also
tended to have the most severe symptoms of CHF.
On the other hand, sufficient levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of heart disease
in older adults by as much as one-third, mostly because if prevents the buildup of calcium
deposits in the arteries, a University of California study showed.
Add the reduced risk of congestive hert failure and falling when you get older and
it's easy to see that a little extra vitamin D may go a long way in keeping you healthy
for the long haul.
In the February 2002 Nutrition and Healing newsletter, Dr Jonathan Wright says,
"It's very likely that if you're over 40 and supplement your diet with a generous
amount of vitamin D, you can lower your risk of prostate, breast, and bowel cancer,
along with your risk of 'essential' hypertension, osteoporosis, and tuberculosis."
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