Older people with low blood levels of vitamin D seem to die earlier than their peers with normal levels of this vitamin. The study included more than 2,500 African-American and Caucasian elders between 70 and 79 years old. Blood levels of vitamin D were determined at the beginning of the study, and approximately one-third of them had vitamin D insufficiency. Follow-up interviews were conducted every six months for more than 8 years. During the study, seniors with low vitamin D levels [under 30 nanograms/ml] were 50 percent more likely to die from any cause. The researchers suggest that this should become a focus of public health concern.
[Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Nov, 2012]

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  1. jf

    The article was too vague. Not enough facts. Unhelpful.

  2. RGW

    Blood test results from my last annual physical showed that my vitamine D count was low. I am outside in the sun a lot here in hot and very sunny Louisiana. I usually wear a short sleeve T type shirt and no hat. Being told my level of vitamine D was low was a big surprise to me. Do we lose the ability to absorb vitamine D from the sun as we get older? I now take 1000 i.u. of D3 daily.

  3. JV

    How do you obtain enough vitamin D if the capsules give you cramps and diarrhea? I try to eat a lot of fish but I’m not sure that is adequate.

  4. pf

    You failed to tell us what is the minimum daily requirement for Vit.D is for the elderly, and how best (when and with what) to take it. Sad. Opportunity lost.

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