“The researchers followed more than 3,000 people between the ages of 70 and 79 for six years, and found that those with the lowest vitamin D levels at the start of the study had nearly a 30 percent increased risk of a mobility limitation at the end of the study and almost twice the risk of a mobility disability as people with the highest levels of vitamin D.”
Vitamin D is important for our health. It plays a role in muscle function. We need it to get calcium into the muscles, which use it for muscle contraction. Muscles also have their own vitamin D receptors.
We normally get vitamin D from sunshine. However, most people don’t spend much time outside in the sun. You might live in latitudes where sun is not out all year. Dark skinned people and those people confined to the indoors will miss the benefits of the sun.
In addition, one reason I uncovered brings it back to being overweight. WebMD points out, “You are obese. Your body extracts Vitamin D from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into the circulation. People with a body mass index of 30 or greater often have low blood levels of vitamin D.”
I find it interesting as well as motivating that obesity causes so many problems. It affects the muscles because it affects the levels of vitamin D.
Just another reason to get that weight off. I take a vitamin D supplement to help increase exposure to the benefits. So let’s work on that weight thus reducing one more problem with our health risk.