Weakness and lack of mobility may result from vitamin D deficiency

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As we reminded readers in a recent post–it’s winter in much of the world and special care should be taken to get your vitamin D, or ‘sunshine vitamin.’

Modern science has come to realize that this essential vitamin plays more roles in our health than even the medical field knew just a few years ago.

Older adults who don’t get enought vitamin D—either from diet, supplements or sun exposure—may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Vitamin D is vital for muscle function, so low levels of the vitamin could result in the onset of decreased muscle strngth and physical performance.

Vitamin D may also indirectly affect physical function, as low vitamin D levels have also been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, lung disease and many other conditions that are frequent causes of early decline in physical function.

Other recent research from Germany has revealed that low levels of vitamin D are associated with high levels of hepatitis B virus (HBV). Findings published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggests seasonal fluctuations in vitamin D and HBV levels point to a link in those variables among patients with chronic HBV.

HBV is one of the most significant infectious diseases worldwide. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that HBV is 50 to 100 times more infectious than human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Furthermore, WHO reports that 2 billion individuals have been infected with HBV, which is responsible for 600,000 deaths each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 1.4 million Americans are living with chronic HBV.

And finally—research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session links low levels of vitamin D with a higher presence and severity of coronary artery disease.

If you suspect you may have vitamin D deficiency and don’t feel confident enough to correct it yourself, talk to your physician about a test.

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