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Low Vitamin D Levels Could Raise Mortality Risk

There has been a growing emphasis on vitamin D as part of a healthy lifestyle for seniors, and results of a recent study add more evidence to the benefits of the nutrient. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found an increased mortality risk in adults with lower levels of vitamin D.

To test the role of the nutrient, researchers looked at the blood levels of more than 2,600 subjects between 70 and 79 years old. Then, the team followed up with the subjects every six months to measure their health. Those with the lowest levels of vitamin D had a 50 percent greater mortality risk.

"We all know that good nutrition is important to overall health and our study adds to a growing body of literature that underscores the importance of vitamin D and indicates that poor vitamin D nutrition is widespread," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen B. Kritchevsky. "The good news is it's easy to improve vitamin D status either through increased skin exposure to sunlight or through diet or supplements."

The results should encourage senior care providers in charge of meal preparation to make a few different choices. There are a number of foods with high levels of vitamin D, including salmon, certain mushrooms and fortified milks and yogurts.

Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury
Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.

I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.

As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.

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