Study: Vitamin D can Prolong Life for the Elderly

Researcher recently found that seniors who have insufficient levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than individuals with enough of the vitamin.

The study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, analyzed the link between levels of the vitamin in the bloodstream and the death rates of those over 65. It found that seniors with a vitamin D deficiency were three times more likely to die from heart diseases and two and a half times more likely to die from any cause, compared to those who maintained optimum levels of vitamin D.

The study’s lead author, explains that considering the aging  population and the easiness with which vitamin D levels can be increased, "a small improvement in death rates could have a substantial impact on public health."

Vitamin D is found in milk, fish and eggs as well as cod liver oil and nutritional supplements. It is also produced in the body after exposure to the sun. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.