Vitamin D3 becomes more important and harder to maintain as our bodies age. For seniors, maintaining a vibrant, eventful life is the key to reaping all the benefits of retirement. A healthy body is the epicenter of an eventful life, and vitamin D3 is an essential catalyst for senior health. Take a look at some of the most important reasons to watch seniors’ vitamin D3 levels:
Seniors have a more difficult time synthesizing vitamin D3 naturally as they get older. As seniors age there will naturally be a loss in density and strength in their bones, but vitamin D3 supplements can help maintain phosphorous and calcium in bones. If all is left to the natural aging process, this can lead to a variety of very serious conditions, including osteomalacia or osteoporosis. The lack of vitamin D3 can also lead to hyperparathyroidism which can increase the risk of falls and accidents. All of these conditions can be reduced through doctor approved vitamin D3 supplements.
Vitamin D3 affects more than just bone structure, especially when it comes to seniors. A vitamin D3 deficiency can cause a number of conditions, from neurodegenerative disease to a variety of autoimmune diseases. Fixing a vitamin D3 deficiency can reduce the instances for many diseases to surface and allow seniors to fight off infections. Since senior bodies are less able to absorb vitamin D3 from sunlight, it is essential to speak to a doctor about supplementation as soon as possible to maintain a healthy life.
Seniors may be more likely to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) because of a deficiency in vitamin D3. This can become worse during the colder months when there is less sun, or if seniors spend more time inside away from sunlight. In many cases, seniors who were suffering from another, seemingly unrelated condition such as fibromyalgia, also suffered from worse depression until supplementation occurred. Depression can be the entryway to many other kinds of mental breakdowns, so speaking with a doctor about vitamin D3 supplementation can be a positive step towards a happier and healthier life.
The University of Milan recently conducted a study that showed that if seniors found it difficult to lose weight, their chances may have improved through an increased vitamin D3 intake. A deficiency here increases the body’s propensity to retain fat, which is not a natural effect of aging in the body as many people think. Doctor regulated vitamin D3 supplementation can help hormonal balances in the body, giving seniors an easier time losing weight with a proper diet and exercise program.
Vitamin D3 is known as the “sunshine vitamin” for a reason – a healthy balance of it in your body will keep you out in the sun with a more active lifestyle. Speak with your doctor about the tips above to ensure that your age is no measure of your vitality! Be sure to Contact Sunshine Retirement Living with any questions that you may have about our senior living communities and the benefits we provide today.
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