Vitamin D saving elderly women - Drs. G and M Pearsall

by Drs. Gurney & Marina Pearsall 17. August 2014 09:46

Up until a recent study published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library, it was not known if there was any benefit to vitamin D supplementation among the elderly.  These women are at a high risk of falls and fractures and are likely to be vitamin D deficient.  What the study found was that giving vitamin D3 to elderly women appeared to increase survival in institutional care settings, and that vitamin D3 reduces mortality by about 6%.  Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen.  Vitamin D prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.  Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect the elderly from osteoporosis.

Vitamin D is a vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement.  It is also produced when ultraviolet rays from sunlight hit the skin and cause vitamin D synthesis.

Tags: ,

Age No More

Pingbacks and trackbacks (1)+

Comments are closed

Copyright © 2004-2021 YourCity.MD LLC All Rights Reserved. The information on this Website is provided as a courtesy of YourCity.MD. This Website is designed as a resource portal for informational purposes only and does not contain any warranties. Reliance on any information found on or through this Website or links found on this Website is entirely at your own risk. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 or your local Emergency number immediately. YourCity.MD and its affiliates are not responsible for the content found on any links contained herein and do not necessarily agree with any of their opinions. - View Full Terms & Conditions