Adequate vitamin D reduces risk of gum disease.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) was conducted between 1988 and 1994 to examine the health of people in the U.S. One part of this study was to look at people's dental health, including examining their gums for bleeding and other problems. Levels of vitamin D in their blood were also measured. In people age 50 and older, those with the highest blood vitamin D levels had the lowest rate of gum disease. Older adults do not produce as much vitamin D in their skin as do younger adults, so they must rely on other sources of vitamin D. Good sources of vitamin D for vegans include vitamin D-fortified soymilk or rice milk, some fortified cereals, and vitamin D supplements.
Dietrich T, Joshipura KJ, Dawson-Hughes B, et al. 2004. Association between serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and periodontal disease in the US population. Am J Clin Nutr 80:108-13.
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|Title Annotation:||Scientific update: a review of recent scientific papers related to vegetarian|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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