Milk and Sunrise

It’s now an old-lady’s saying that we have to have a healthy and balanced diet and acquire the essential vitamins and minerals for the proper functioning of the body. Here’s one more study explaining the benefits of vitamins and it also reveals that Low Vitamin D levels may also increase the chances of death.

The Research which was led by Harald Dobnig of the Medical University of Graz, Austria, measured the vitamin D levels in 3,258 patients, average age 62, who visited a medical center in Austria between 1997 and 2000, then followed their cases for 7.7 years. As the researchers were busy analyzing the reports, almost twice of the patients died during the course of the study and they were reported to have lower levels of Vitamin D. The results were published on Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

It was found by researchers that out of the 737 dead patients, 307 fell in the group with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D and 103 were from the group with the highest Vitamin D levels.

Acquiring Vitamin D seems to be a difficult task, as there are very few foods which contain Vitamin D. Pure Cod liver oil, Salmon, Mackerel, etc seem to be some of the sources of Vitamin D. Early Morning Sun exposure is one of best sources of Vitamin, but for those who are vegetarian or late risers, inculcating Vitamin D in their body will be a Herculean task.

To add on to your worry, it was found that Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with several types of cancer. So it is advisable that you pull up your socks and try to squeeze in that little bit of Vitamin D into your body. Even if you are a vegetarian Cheese, Milk, Margarine, etc could be of great help in adding up Vitamin D in to your system. So add on that extra level of Vitamin D as it’s a matter of ‘Life and Death’.