One in four people over the age of 60 are likely to be deficient in vitamin D, this is because as we age our bodies tend to become increasingly less efficient at producing and processing vitamin D, and we also tend to spend a little more time indoors as we age.
Vitamin D is essential for our body to function correctly, as it helps keep our bones strong, promotes cell growth and it helps regulate the immune system. Here are some tips on why your loved one might need more vitamin D and how to get it.
There is less risk of heart disease
Researchers have found that people with low levels of vitamin D are at a higher risk of having a heart attack and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin D is very important as it helps the regulation of calcium and the maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood, which is extremely important to help maintain healthy bones. In adults a vitamin D deficiency often leads to osteoporosis, due to poor bone density and muscular weakness.
Many studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D are associated with depressive symptoms in both women and men. If your loved one has been feeling down or sad lately maybe sit with them out in the sun or ask their doctor if they should be taking vitamin D supplements.
The most natural way to get vitamin D is from exposing your skin to the sun, your loved one does not need to tan or burn to produce vitamin D, they just need to be out in the sun for around half the time it takes for them to begin to burn.
However, if you’re worried about your loved one being out in the sun for too long, Vitamin D supplements might be the way to go. One of the best supplements to take is Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D is important for a whole range of body functions, so it important that your loved one is getting the right amount each day to keep their body and mind healthy.