More sun needed to lower diabetes and heart disease risk

Tue, 12 May 2009
Spending more time in the sunshine could help elderly people to lower their risks of developing heart disease and diabetes . Being exposed to sunlight could help to stimulate the production of Vitamin D . Elderly people are more likely to face Vitamin D deficiency.

According to a research team at University of Warwick Medical School, research teams have shown that Vitamin D deficiency can be directly linked to metabolic syndrome, also called pre-diabetes .

Using a research group of over 3,000 people aged between 50 and 70 in China, the team proved that vitamin D could be directly associated with metabolic syndrome. Lead author Oscar Franco reportedly commented: "Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a condition that is causing a large burden of disease across the globe with particular deleterious impact among the elderly."
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