Study: Vitamin D supplementation could improve mobility in older adults
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D — either from diet, supplements or sun exposure — may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released Tuesday.
“This is one of the first studies to look at the association of vitamin D and the onset of new mobility limitations or disability in older adults,” stated lead author Denise Houston, a nutrition epidemiologist in the Wake Forest Baptist Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Houston researches vitamin D and its effects on physical function.
“We observed about a 30% increased risk of mobility limitations for those older adults who had low levels of vitamin D, and almost a twofold higher risk of mobility disability,” Houston said.
Houston said vitamin D plays an important role in muscle function, so it is plausible that low levels of the vitamin could result in the onset of decreased lower muscle strength and physical performance. Vitamin D also may indirectly affect physical function, as low vitamin D levels have also been associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and lung disease — conditions that are frequent causes of decline in physical function. Houston said people get vitamin D when it is naturally produced in the skin by sun exposure; by eating foods with vitamin D, such as fortified milk, juice and cereals; and by taking vitamin D supplements. “About one-third of older adults have low vitamin D levels,” she said. “It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through diet alone, and older adults, who may not spend much time outdoors, may need to take a vitamin D supplement.”
Current recommendations call for people older than the age of 70 years to get 800 international units of vitamin D daily in their diet or supplements. Houston pointed out that current dietary recommendations are based solely on vitamin D’s effects on bone health. “Higher amounts of vitamin D may be needed for the preservation of muscle strength and physical function, as well as other health conditions,” she said. “However, clinical trials are needed to determine whether increasing vitamin D levels through diet or supplements has an effect on physical function.”
The study, published online this month in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, analyzed the association between vitamin D and onset of mobility limitation and disability over six years of follow-up using data from the National Institute on Aging’s Health, Aging, and Body Composition study.
Sweets for Feet develops foot cream line
LOS ANGELES — Natural skin care line Sweets For Feet added a dose of delectability to the spa industry with its fresh-baked line of moisturizing, aromatic foot creams that are made for enriching reflexology treatments.
The formulas feature a whipped blend of aloe vera, shea butter, vitamins C and E, and eight fruit extracts. Available in four flavors — Baklava, Buttercream Dream, Ginger Spice Cookie and Lemonade Cake — the creams’ anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits are an added bonus on top of the therapeutic effects of reflexology, according to the manufacturer.
Sweets For Feet is the creation of reflexologist Kathy Guditis, who has more than 25 years of acupressure and reflexology experience. Sweets For Feet creams are available at beauty boutiques in Los Angeles
Pirate’s Booty teams up with latest ‘Ice Age’ movie
SEA CLIFF, N.Y. — Pirate’s Booty has teamed up with 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ "Ice Age: Continental Drift" by offering a limited-edition 7-oz. package of the brand’s Pirate’s Booty aged white cheddar — an all-natural snack made from puffed rice corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese — as well as the chance to win a private hometown screening of the film.
The limited-edition "Ice Age: Continental Drift" 7-oz. package will be available at retailers nationwide from June 1 through July 31. The limited-edition package will be supported by the "Enter the Age of Healthier Snacking Sweepstakes," which consumers can enter by PIRATE to 82257 or on the brand’s Facebook page for a chance to win a hometown screening of the film. The film, in 3D, debuts in theaters everywhere on July 13.
"Pirate’s Booty is excited to be partnering with this summer’s most anticipated family film, ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift,’ and 20th Century Fox," Pirate’s Booty VP marketing Eric Berniker said. "The Ice Age franchise is full of family fun, adventure and humor and as the latest film features pirates, it’s the perfect fit for Pirate’s Booty. We, at Pirate’s Booty, are proud to be giving consumers a chance to ‘catch the drift’ on healthier, fun and delicious snacking with the release of our limited-edition ‘Ice Age’ 7-oz. package."