What is it about Vitamin D

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What is it about Vitamin D?
Vitamin D, our “sunshine vitamin,” is essential for neuromuscular function, bone health and other metabolic processes. But since most of our vitamin D is absorbed through sunlight exposure, winter months can result in deficiencies.

“Senior adults are at added risk for vitamin D deficiency because they often have less exposure to the sun and have fewer skin receptors for absorbing vitamin D,” Natalie Eddy, nurse practitioner at Porter’s Westchester Medical Group said.

Seniors are also at risk because kidneys lose the ability to change vitamin D into a usable form and many seniors take medications that interfere with vitamin D absorption, most commonly antacids.
How much do we need? The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that adults over 50 have 1,000 IU daily. How do we get it? When the sun is not an option, supplement with foods such as oily fish like mackerel, tuna, sardines and cod liver.

“But these recommendations will more than likely increase to five to 10 times this recommended dose as more studies are released,” Eddy said. “When many of our seniors were children, their mothers gave them a spoonful of cod liver oil. While we don’t encourage cod liver oil any more, we do encourage children and adults to get a good source of vitamin D.”

This article was supplied by Porter Health System. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle staff.

6 Ways to
Fight SAD
If the shorter days of winter are darkening your “sunny” disposition, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which affects an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the population. To combat the blues that come with Seasonal Affective Disorder:
– Exercise regularly. Exercise can help relieve stress and lift your mood.
– Watch your alcohol. Excessive drinking creates anxiety and depression.
– Get outside. Outdoor light can help, especially within two hours of getting up in the morning.
– Put D in your day. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D, the vitamin that we receive naturally from the sun.
– Let the sun shine in. Rearrange your furniture or lightening your draperies to let in more light.
– Consider treatment. If your sadness is uncommon for you, consult a doctor who can suggest treatment or counseling.


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