A new study shows that low levels of vitamin D are associated with the inability to perform ordinary tasks of daily life in people over the age of 55.
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/06/2013 -- Dutch researchers studied two groups of older people, one of 725 men and women aged 55 to 65 and another of 1,237 older than 65 to see if they could do a number of ordinary day to day tasks, such as get dressed and undressed, walk up and down staircases, cut their toenails, walk unaided and use their own transportation. Then, the researchers tested for vitamin D levels
After controlling certain factors such as age, physical activity and chronic diseases, the researchers found that in both groups, the vitamin D levels below below 20 nanograms per milliliter was associate with an increased number of disabilities compared with those with a normal level, which is above 30 nanograms per milliliter.
The authors of the study, which was published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, said that the stud does not establish that low Vitamin D is the cause of the disability, but that they could certainly benefit from the supplements that D vitamins could provide.
Now, lead author Evelien Sohl from the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam plans to have it tested in randomized controlled trials to find out just how much vitamin D supplements could aid in the disability of older people with low vitamin D levels.
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