If yes, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency and this can have serious health effects.
Reasons Seniors Need Vitamin D
According to WebMD, more and more research points to vitamin D as integral in preventing a number of serious health problems. In fact, seniors who get the recommended amount of vitamin D each day are more likely to:
- Maintain their physical mobility and independence.
- Lower risks for osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
- Decrease risks for cardiovascular problems, diabetes and some cancers.
Tips for Getting Vitamin D
Because of the link between sun exposure and skin cancer, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that adults rely on food and supplements to get the right amount of vitamin D each day. People aged 71 and over should get 800 IU. A blood test can tell whether you are getting the right amount of vitamin D.
Seniors should talk to their doctor before taking supplements to determine if they are necessary because too much vitamin D can also have serious health effects. This can rule out any potential interactions with prescription medications.
Here is a link to Your Food Guide – created by the Government of Canada.