Monday, September 20, 2010

Vitamin D Review


Vitamin D: Many Benefits:

Recent reports on vitamin D suggest that it offers many benefits, especially for older adults. Findings point to improved balance, reduction in the risk of bone fractures, and better thinking skills such as planning, organizing and abstract thinking. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders, infections such as tuberculosis, and periodontal disease. Low vitamin D levels also may affect certain cancers, including colon, breast and prostate cancers.

Vitamin D Fight Heart Disease in Elderly

Vitamin D deficiency leads to high blood pressure

Vitamin D Promotes Mental Agility in Elders

Vitamin D deficiency common across a range of rheumatic conditions

Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with Type 2 diabetes

New evidence shows low vitamin D levels lead to Parkinson's disease

Over 65's should take high dose vitamin D

Several trials have shown that vitamin D improves strength and balance among older people.To reduce the risk of falling, a daily intake of at least 700-1000 IU supplemental vitamin D is warranted in all individuals aged 65 and older, say the authors.

Higher doses may be even more effective and should be explored in future research to optimise the fall prevention benefit with vitamin D, they conclude.

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