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Low Vitamin D Levels Among The Elderly Frail Can Be Deadly

July 26, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists have known for some time that frailty and vitamin D deficiency separately had harmful health effects on the elderly. But new U.S. research among 4,300 over-60 adults finds that low vitamin D levels increased the risk of death, especially among those already in delicate health. The researchers recommend that older adults be screened for vitamin D, and should maintain healthy levels of vitamin D by consuming fish and milk, and by getting more exercise in the sunshine.
E Smit et al., "The effect of vitamin D and frailty on mortality among non-institutionalized US older adults", European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 26, 2012, © Nature Publishing Group
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