The summertime offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor exercise, yet with the advent of heat waves and barbecues, you may be tempted to indulge in hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and other succulent dishes that can negatively impact your fitness goals. For older women, fighting the battle of the bulge can become more difficult over time as the body changes with age.
New research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that there may be yet another reason why older women are more prone to gain weight – vitamin D deficiency.
“This is one of the first studies to show that women with low levels of vitamin D gain more weight, and although it was only two pounds, over time that can add up,” study author Erin LeBlanc, MD, told Science Daily. “Nearly 80 percent of women in our study had insufficient levels of vitamin D.”
More than 4,600 women aged 65 and older participated in the study, which was published in the Journal of Women’s Health and spanned five years. Researchers found that women with low levels of vitamin D gained an average of two pounds more than women who were not deficient in the vitamin.
As you age, daily vitamin intake may reduce the risk of long-term health issues. Postmenopausal women may be prone to fractures and other bone issues, but high doses of vitamin D can help prevent this from happening.
To replenish your body’s levels of vitamin D, try an all-natural supplement by Dr. Newton’s Naturals. A product like Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamin D-3 supports healthy immune function, increased memory and strong bone density. These tablets also retain their strength during the metabolic process.