Vitamin D lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes in pensioners

Older people who enjoy the sunshine have a lower risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, scientists have revealed.

Researchers from Warwick University found pensioners who went outdoors regularly had higher levels of vitamin D. This is essential because their skin is less able to produce it naturally.Study author Dr Oscar Franco said: 'As we get older our skin is less efficient at forming vitamin D and our diet may also become less varied, with a lower natural vitamin D content.

'When we are older we may need to spend more time outdoors to stimulate the same levels of vitamin D we had when we were younger.' In a study of more than 3,000 pensioners in China, the team found 94 per cent suffered from vitamin D deficiency and 42 per cent also had metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome affects a person's ability to produce insulin which in turn increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Source - Daily Mail

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