Benefits of Vitamin D for the Elderly
Posted on 25th July 2022 at 15:19
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that our bodies require in order to perform a range of bodily functions. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the role that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ might play in the prevention of diseases associated with ageing.
In our previous blog post, we touched on the topic of vitamin D in relation to preventing the onset of osteoporosis: a degenerative disease which weakens bone over time. Vitamin D is responsible for regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. Without vitamin D, our bodies are unable to absorb these two essential nutrients that are linked to bone health. Insufficient vitamin D levels leads to a weakening of bone which, over time, contributes to the onset of osteoporosis.
As well as supporting healthy bones, our vitamin D levels are also linked to the quality of our sleep. This is because vitamin D is involved in the production of melatonin—the hormone that’s released by the brain before sleep. By regularly taking vitamin D, your body is able to create healthy sleeping patterns. Vitamin D deficiencies, for example, have been linked to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Vitamin D falls into a category of drugs known as ‘prophylactics’: a medicine used to prevent diseases in children, adults and the elderly. Most of vitamin D’s disease prevention capabilities are associated with bone health, though this also extends to preventing hypertension (vitamin D is thought to lower blood pressure) and artery damage. There really are endless advantages to taking the sunshine vitamin!
In addition to supporting our physical health, vitamin D is an important ingredient for supporting our mental health, too. Studies show that there is a noticeable link between depression and vitamin D deficiencies. On top of this, low levels of vitamin D also increase your chances of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition associated with declining sunlight levels during the winter months.
Most of us should have had a good dose of the sunshine vitamin in recent weeks due to the unprecedented heatwaves across Europe. Our bodies are naturally capable of producing vitamin D if our skin is exposed to sunlight. However, especially through the winter months, we recommend taking a vitamin D supplement to maintain healthy levels all year round.
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