Have you checked your vitamin D levels today?

Vitamin D is an important nutrient that your body needs. It promotes the hardening of bones and teeth, and increases the absorption of calcium. Since it’s fat-soluble you only need small amounts to maintain good health. This is because it’s stored in the liver and fatty tissues for long periods of time. Although vitamin D takes longer to be eliminated from the body, there are still deficiencies seen in the U.S. that increase an individual’s risk for certain cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension and infectious diseases, according to Colorado State University.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, low levels of vitamin D can increase the risk of death in older adults. Approximately 70 percent of Americans and more than 1 billion individuals worldwide are deficient. Researchers from Oregon State University examined the health data of around 43,000 adults who were age 60 or older and found that the lack of the mineral may be adding to the progression of their demise.

“We want the older population to be able to live as independent for as long as possible, and those who are frail have a number of health problems as they age,” said Ellen Smit, the lead author of the study. “A balanced diet including good sources of vitamin D like milk and fish, and being physically active outdoors, will go a long way in helping older adults to stay independent and healthy for longer.”

If you or one of your family members is diagnosed with a deficiency, you can talk to your doctor about altering your diet to include more foods rich in vitamin D or take a supplement like Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual D-3 made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

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