One in eight older adults in Ireland are vitamin D deficient

Researchers have found that one in eight adults over 50 in the Republic of Ireland are Vitamin D deficient. The research was carried out by researchers from TILDA, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.

The research showed that 13% of adults aged 50 and over were vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency was higher in winter compared with summer. Deficiency increased with age, 22% of adults aged 50-59 years were deficient while 37% of those over 80 were deficient.

Other findings include lower vitamin D status in those who smoked, who were obese or those who were physically inactive.

Vitamin D helps your body to use the calcium you get from food. This vitamin is actually made in our bodies when our skin is exposed to summer sunlight. Other good dietary sources include fish, milk and dairy products. In some cases, a supplement may be recommended.

Posted: 12/09/2017 12:48:17 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Older adults, TILDA, Vitamin D


 

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