I’ve read that you need more vitamin D in senior years, how much do I need? Can I take supplements?
Dr Rob Hicks, Spring Chicken’s GP, gives his advice here.
Vitamin D is important for many bodily functions, notably helping to absorb calcium for healthy bones.
Most of the vitamin D in our body is made in the skin in response to sunlight. However, as we get older we are more likely not to have enough vitamin D, for example, because we may not get outdoors as much.
For this reason, and because over the age of 65 a person requires 10 mcg (micrograms) a day of vitamin D, the Department of Health recommends that in addition to getting some vitamin D from food – eggs, oily fish, and fortified cereals for example – those aged 65 and older take a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement.