Sunshine Alone Won’t Provide Enough Vitamin D

Winter 2010 CSANews Issue 77  |  Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.Back to list

Your body creates vitamin D from exposure to the sun but, as we age, our bodies are less efficient at converting ultraviolet light into vitamin D. It has been recommended that a person over the age of 65 take 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day... and for good reason.

A recent study revealed that women over the age of 75 with low levels of vitamin D performed poorly in cognitive function tests. Also, that women 65 years of age and older were found to be three times more likely to die of coronary heart disease than women with adequate levels of vitamin D.

Get plenty of sunshine and supplement your diet with vitamin D. To ensure that you have adequate levels of this vitamin in your blood, have your doctor check your level with a blood test.