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Vitamin D may help treat age-related diseases

The sunshine vitamin can be of great help for people during their sunset years.

By: Indo-Asian News Service | New York | Published: March 18, 2015 12:34 pm
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The sunshine vitamin can be of great help for people during their sunset years as it may play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of diseases associated with ageing, says a study.

The researchers reviewed evidence that suggests an association between Vitamin D deficiency and chronic diseases associated with aging such as cognitive decline, depression, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

These findings were published in the Journal of Aging and Gerontology.

(Also read: Vitamin D deficiency can cause diabetes)

“Vitamin D deficiency is a common, serious medical condition that significantly affects the health and well-being of older adults,” said one of the authors Sue Penckofer, professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON).

When the sun shines on our skin, the skin produces Vitamin D. A diet rich in Vitamin D or the intake of Vitamin D supplements can also cover our need to some extent.

Older adults are at risk for Vitamin D deficiency due to diet, reduced time outdoors and poor skin absorption of the nutrient.

(Also read: Vitamin D deficiency in kids ups heart disease risk later)

“Better understanding the relationship between Vitamin D and chronic diseases in older adults and whether treatment of Vitamin D deficiency can prevent or treat these disorders is important given the increasing number of people at risk for these health issues,” researcher Meghan Meehan from MNSON said.

The Institute of Medicine generally recommends that adults up to 70 years of age take 600 IU of Vitamin D daily and adults over the age of 70 consume 800 IU of the nutrient daily.

As the older population continues to grow, universal guidelines for testing and treating Vitamin D deficiency are needed, the study authors concluded.

“Research to examine the proper dosing of Vitamin D supplements necessary to prevent the chronic diseases of aging also would have significant benefit for future generations,” they added.

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    Parth Garg
    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    The rider "universal guidelines for testing and treating Vitamin D deficiency are needed" makes the efforts of the authors otiose since these are not available and even if available in near future it will not help us Indians since will reach the mes only after 50 years.
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      Mar 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm
      Great insights..!! My g papa is a diabetic patient his age is 68. Online doctor at evaidya suggested him to go for walk during sun rise, initially he was not at all interested in doing these, slowly he made it as a habit after seeing the health improvement. Now I’m known why doctor suggested to do that, thank you for in depth knowledge on vitamin D.
      1. Ravikumar Menon
        Mar 18, 2015 at 5:47 pm
        Testing of vitamin D is needed only if supplements are given in high dose which can result in toxicity like vitamin A toxicity since both are not water soluble vitamins. Vitamin D toxicity presents with vague symptoms and can be detected only with a leading question during history taking.