Should I be taking a Vitamin D supplement?


fish: a vital source of vitamin D

According to most good medical advice, a balanced diet should provide many of us with all the Vitamin D we need to sustain our general health and wellbeing. However, particularly in the UK where,for instance not all milk is fortified with vitamin D as in the US, the medical authorities identify certain groups who are at particular risk of suffering a deficiency of this vitamin. Our interest group includes those over the age of 65 ,who should check out with their GP to see if they should take a supplement to prevent  the risk of harbouring a calcium deficiency possibly leading to a weakening of the bones and osteoporosis.

In a addition to the benefits of bone-health, vitamin D is reported widely to reduce the risk of liver diseases, eyesight deterioration, and help prevent bowel disease – a benefit seen particularly for women by medics in the US where it is of course often very sunny! For a number of the most recent reports covering these and other health matters read more here at the Vitamin D Council dedicated to these issues, but please do come back!

In the UK, the health issue is currently being raised because it appears awareness of the need for action by or for members of certain risk groups is not considered sufficiently high. Indeed, generations have been brought up ignorant of the importance of Vitamin D intake, or with the concern that if this was too high it was was bad for their health. The NHS health websites in the UK are a wealth of knowledge in this area providing best current guidance and practice. If you are a 60-lifer, reading these reports is highly recommended, as is taking the advice of your usual medical practitioner. The time for action is now.

 

1 thought on “Should I be taking a Vitamin D supplement?”

  1. Hey The60life,
    Very interesting, Vitamins are organic compounds that our bodies use, in very small amounts, for a variety of metabolic processes. Taking vitamins ‘just in case’ is not a habit that anyone should get into and it is always recommended that vitamins are taken through wholesome and quality food.
    I’ll be back to read more next time
    Vitamin Shoppe

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