Vitamin D for Your Muscle Health

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A new study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Ageing found that vitamin D is associated with our muscle health. When you have vitamin D deficiency you may face poor muscle health. As a result, you may face difficulties in your independent mobility and it may decrease your quality of life. Especially vitamin D is a key element for muscle strength in older adults.

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Researchers have observed 4100 people of the age group from 60 and older. They have found that 4 in 10 persons with vitamin D deficiency had muscle weakness. But the level of vitamin D is twice among those who had adequate vitamin D levels. These people who had vitamin D deficiency are at higher risk for impaired muscle strength and performance.

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The lead researcher Maria O’Sullivan said, “Maintaining muscle function is incredibly important, and often overlooked, in promoting healthy aging,” She also added, “Addressing this through multimodal approaches that incorporate physical activity, reversing vitamin D deficiency and other modifiable diet and lifestyle components require further investigation.”

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The study also found that people who do regular moderate physical activity were much less likely to have the poor muscle strength and physical performance. So you need to include more foods in your diet that are rich in vitamin D. The aged people need to consume more vitamin D to ensure the strength of the muscle.