New research underscores the need for proper vitamin D dosage and intake for seniors, especially women reliant on nursing home services.
The Endocrine Society will soon publish the findings of a study of the nutrient in elderly individuals living in senior care facilities. Study participants had an average age of 83.7 years, and nearly 93 percent of those involved were found to be deficient in this important vitamin.
"Our finding show that the vast majority of nursing home residents are severely vitamin D deficient and those with the lowest vitamin D levels are at high risk of mortality," said lead study author Dr. Stefan Pilz. "This situation warrants immediate action to prevent and treat vitamin D deficiency."
The Mayo Clinic notes that vitamin D dosage levels have been a matter of contention in recent years, with supplement amounts ranging from 50 to 1,000 IU (international units) or more. Regardless of the recommended amount for the average adult, it is becoming increasingly clear that the proper dose and consistent intake is imperative for the elderly, whether in a nursing home or receiving personal care services.