According to a study published in the weekly issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (the German Medical Association’s official international bilingual science journal) researchers found that most of the geriatric patients in a German rehabilitation hospital suffered vitamin D deficiency. The study measured ‘25-OH vitamin D’ in 1,578 patients after admission to the rehab hospital.¹
Of the residents, 89% were found to have insufficient high concentrations of vitamin D and 67% had severe vitamin D deficiency. According to Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, insufficient vitamin D can negatively affect muscles and increase risk for falls and fractures in elderly people.¹
The most effective way to obtain this vital nutrient is to get your vitamin D from the sun directly. However, the elderly produce less vitamin D in their skin than younger people and they spend less time in the sun. ¹
The current RDA for vitamin D–by the National Institutes of Health–is 800 IU’s for individuals 70 years and older.³ Many experts contend that this is not an adequate amount for overall health.
Although vitamin D is conventionally known to be important for bone health, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and depression and many as seventeen types of cancers, including breast cancer.²