“This study helps illuminate yet another reason why vitamin D is so important for the body,” Dr. Jacob Hascalovici, chief medical officer for Clearing, tells Eat This, Not That! “We should all pay close attention to our vitamin D levels as we age since vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and muscles. When we lose strength or muscle mass, we may fall more easily, become injured more readily and severely, and heal more slowly than before. As the study mentions, vitamin D intake and regular exercise really matter.”
When it comes to the amount of vitamin D you might need, Dr. Hascalovici explains, “For most adults, 600 IU per day is around the right amount. If you are 71 or older, aim for closer to 800 IU per day. Since you may have unique needs, a physician or nutritionist can provide more specific guidance.”
“It’s important not to exceed 4,000 IU per day, as too much vitamin D can contribute to nausea, vomiting, kidney stones, heart damage, and cancer,” adds Dr. Hascalovici. “When vitamin D builds up over time, it can lead to calcium-related toxicity.”
Although Dr. Hascalovici says that “this is relatively rare,” it “can be prevented by aiming for less than 1,000 IU per day from all combined sources.”
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