Sunday, May 17, 2009

Vitamin D

Vitamins, supplements...natural is best.
An item of note this week. A study, reported by BBC.UK:
Elderly need more 'sun vitamin'
Spending more time in the sunshine could help older people cut their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, say scientists.

We know that we should all get Vitamin D. By going out in the sun for 10 minutes, or so, we take in 10,000 IU. This is what a healthy adult needs. However, it would appear, from the research, that just as menopausal women have trouble absorbing calcium due to a lack of estrogen, 94% of the 3000 50 - 70-year-olds studied had a vitamin D deficiency.

A deficiency in vitamin D can mean metabolic syndrome, which puts seniors at risk for obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This means such chronic disorders such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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