strokeAverting stroke

A recent study examined how dietary intake and serum levels of vitamins and minerals influenced stroke risk in elderly subjects. More than 700 men and women were followed for up to 10 years.

Low intake of vitamin D and low serum levels of its active form significantly predicted an increased risk for stroke, even after adjusting for factors such as age, gender, and smoking.

The elderly in particular are susceptible to vitamin D deficiency when avoiding sunlight. The body's makes 90% of its vitamin D from UV light.

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