Billions Of People Are Short Of This Vitamin

billions-of-people-are-short-of-this-vitamin_300If you’re missing out on the vitamin that can protect your bones, improve your heart health and even help prevent pneumonia, you’re not alone. Researchers have found that, globally, more than 2.6 billion people apparently don’t get enough of one of the most important vitamins central to wellness.

A systematic review by scientists at the Mannheim Institute of Public Health in Germany shows that an estimated 37 percent of the world’s population has low levels of vitamin D.

Experts believe that getting enough vitamin D is particularly crucial for older people. The nutrient may be able to lower the risk of excessive bone weakening as you age.

Judy Stenmark, the CEO of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, warns: “Given the global increase in the number of seniors and the almost fourfold increase in hip fractures due to osteoporosis since 1990, public health officials must address the impact of inadequate vitamin D status on fracture risk and overall health in their aging populations as well as on children and adolescents. IOF urges further research as well as public health measures that would help to improve vitamin D status in these high-risk population groups.”

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.