How important is Vitamin D for muscular health? New research suggests the importance of vitamin D status for fending off muscle loss for older adults.
This research, which included participants aged 50+ without age-related muscle loss, found that:
- Those who were deficient (<30 nmol/L) in Vitamin D had a 70% higher likelihood of developing age-related muscle loss over the next 4 years, when compared to those with adequate levels (> 50 nmol/L).
The Hearty Take
This study suggests that Vitamin D status may be an important indicator for the risk of muscle loss and that Vitamin D levels may be protective for muscle loss with age, for older adults. There is a body of research which echoes the importance of Vitamin D for healthspan, despite age. Get your Vitamin D levels checked and consider supplementation!