Vitamin D3 May Prolong Life for Mature Women
Vitamin D3 may protect mature women from premature mortality according to a new study. Mature women are more likely to be vitamin D deficient and have a significant risk of falls and fractures, which can be life threatening.
The study was conducted by researchers with the University of Nis, in Serbia. The findings were published in EurekAlert! on July 5, 2011.
The study was a meta-analysis of 50 randomized trials including 94,148 participants, 79% of whom were women with a mean age of 74. Many of the women resided in assisted living facilities.
After analyzing the data, the researchers found that taking vitamin D3 supplements reduced the chance of mortality by 6%. However, the researchers did not note any benefit from taking vitamin D2 or any other form of the vitamin. They also cautioned that this is just a first step in determining the specific effects on mortality of the different types of vitamin D.
t is very important to pay attention to your vitamin D intake, especially as you age and your skin becomes less efficient at synthesizing the vitamin. Vitamin D has been linked to reductions in skin cancer, improved cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in many common foods, including milk, fish and eggs. Drinking three glasses of low-fat milk daily is a heart healthy way to get 75% of daily vitamin D intake. You can also increase your intake by taking a high quality vitamin D supplement.