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May 28, 2020 - Nutritional Facts

Vitamin D Supplements for Increasing Aging Muscle Strength

Vitamin D Supplements for Increasing Aging Muscle Strength
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Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on May 28th, 2020

We have known for more than 400 years that muscle weakness is a common presenting symptom of vitamin D deficiency.

Bones aren’t the only organs that respond to vitamin D—muscles do, too. However, as we age, our muscles lose vitamin D receptors, perhaps helping to explain the loss in muscle strength as we age. Indeed, vitamin D status does appear to predict the decline in physical performance as we get older, with lower vitamin D levels linked to poorer performance. As I discuss in my video in my video Should Vitamin D Supplements Be Taken to Prevent Falls in the Elderly?, maybe the low vitamin D doesn’t lead to weakness. Rather, maybe the weakness leads to low vitamin D. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, so being too weak to run around outside could explain the correlation with lower levels. To see if it’s cause and effect, you have to put it to the test.

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