Vitamin D and Senior Health

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 2nd, 2012 in Body, Research | No Comments

Most of us recall our parents telling us to drink our milk when we were kids. My mother in particular had to trick me into drinking it by adding a little chocolate because I hated the taste of milk alone. Oddly enough, I love milk now in its original form. Our parents knew the importance of milk. It was rich in calcium and helped our bones to grow strong. Without it, our bones would become brittle and weak. However, there is also an important vitamin found in milk… vitamin D.

Since the 30s, milk had been fortified with the D vitamin to help combat the issue of rickets that were plaguing children in the first half of the 20th century. The practice has continued although rickets is no longer huge a epidemic. Vitamin D is essential to children’s bone health. And as we age, milk becomes just as important in our life as we age. Seniors need Vitamin D, but unfortunately many are vitamin D deficient.

Importance of Vitamin D for Senior Adults

We encourage a healthy lifestyle at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga just outside of Atlanta. All of communities have outside amenities with beautiful porch areas, gardens, walking trails, and other outside spaces. We encourage our residents to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. We do this because Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga understand the importance of sunlight to senior health. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D that many seniors are not getting because they often stay in their homes instead of enjoying the beautiful, healthful sunlight.  Vitamin D is just as important for the bones for the elderly as it is for growing children.  But vitamin D, is also unlike any other vitamin.Vitamin D is an active hormone steroid. Vitamin D helps the body promote intestinal calcium absorption. There are vitamin D receptors found in majority, if not all, cells in the body.  Vitamin D helps to regulate 1000 genes that help protect the body against precancerous growths and cancer cells with the potential to metastasize. Vitamin D actually builds up your immune system.  Considering vitamin D keeps your bones and joint healthy, vitamin D  can help with a number of bones diseases such as arthritis.

How to Overcome Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Get outdoors and take advantage of the sun
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin D such as fish like mackerel, tuna, code liver oil , and  salmon
  • Consume dairy with vitamin D such as milk, yogurt and cheese
  • Take additional vitamin D supplements