Vitamin D levels linked to Telomere Lengths and Aging

Vitamin D levels linked to Telomere Lengths and Aging

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[Best Syndication] A new study has found that vitamin D has long-term effects on reducing inflammation which could help slow the aging process. The study was first published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study was of 2,100 female twin pairs ranging in age from 19 – 79. The study focused on measuring genetics and found that the higher the vitamin D levels, the better the genes measured for lifelong aging and chronic stress. The genetic marked measured is called leukocyte telomere length (LTL). The more vitamin D levels the longer the LTL. The telomere length was a 5 year difference compared to those with the highest levels of vitamin D to those with the lowest levels.

Other studies have shown that when telomeres were shortened there was an increased risk for heart disease. This could be because of the chronic inflammation and is considered one key feature in the aging process.

Obesity, smoking, and lack of physical activity can change the telomere length, but the researchers said that increasing vitamin D levels is an easy way to improve the LTL.

Other research recently has found there is a number of health benefits associated with vitamin D. Besides building strong bones, vitamin D has also been linked with reduced risk for some types of cancers. There have also been reduced risks for developing autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

How do you get more vitamin D in your diet? The researchers report that the easiest supplement of vitamin D comes in milk that has been fortified with the nutrient. If you have 3 servings of low-fat or non-fat milk each day you would get 900 mg of calcium, 300 IU of vitamin D, and 80 mg of magnesium every day. Vitamin D is also available in supplements and cod liver oil. If you sit out in the sun for 15 minutes a day you will also make vitamin D.

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By Mark Barone
Best Syndication News Health Writer

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