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The Need for Vitamin D in Seniors

Blog-Graphic.04.27.21

The need for Vitamin D in seniors is more important than ever. It is essential for the body's function and is more than just another supplement to take. As spring weather is blooming, it is the perfect time to increase your intake of this nutrient, especially since you can never have too much Vitamin D!

Why do I need Vitamin D?

  • It's essential for bone health and the absorption of calcium. Without it, your body would only be able to absorb up to 15% of calcium. These two combined can help your bone health and lower your risk for diseases like osteoporosis and osteomalacia. This is especially critical for seniors because bones weaken over time, and Vitamin D absorption can slow the process.

  • Through having the recommended amount of Vitamin D, your overall bodily functions improve. The body can't absorb the necessary compounds it needs for maintaining health. Without it, the bloodstream can't absorb as many nutrients like phosphorous or magnesium.

  • Vitamin D can decrease your risk for infections, diseases, and cancers. It helps protect your teeth against gum disease and tooth decay. It has an important role in the body for maintaining cell growth which can reduce the number of cancer cells.

How can I get Vitamin D?

  • Go outside and enjoy the spring weather, all while soaking up the sun. Going for a walk in the area or take indoor activities from inside to outside. Getting outside of the house allows the sunlight to promote Vitamin D production in your skin. Vitamin D produced depends on melanin present and how much skin is exposed to the sun. It is important to maintain skin protection with sunscreen to lower the risk of developing skin cancer.

  • If your loved one can't go outside as much as recommended, there are food alternatives that can be a wonderful source of Vitamin D. Tuna, orange juice, cooked salmon, and even mushrooms are high in Vitamin D. Taking supplements like D2 or cod liver oil may be an option for your senior but there are some medications that may affect the amount of Vitamin D needed, so it is best to talk to a doctor first.

At Evergreen Senior Living, we make sure your loved one is meeting all their health needs. Our beautiful campus and selection of meals provide many opportunities for seniors to receive Vitamin D. Call today or visit our website to learn more about our campus and caregivers. 

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