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Low vitamin D associated with shorter life span.

Researchers who reviewed 32 studies, including more than 566,000 participants, have reported that having lower vitamin D levels is associated with dying at a younger age (American Journal of Public Health, June 12, 2014). The researchers found that people with lower blood levels of vitamin D had a twofold risk of dying earlier than people who had higher vitamin D blood levels. Although the health benefits of vitamin D are hotly debated, it is known that adequate vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption, a key mechanism that helps prevent osteoporosis. Have your vitamin D blood level checked every year and talk to your physician about whether you need to adjust your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is found naturally in fish and egg yolks, as well as in fortified foods and supplements.

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Publication:Women's Nutrition Connection
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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