Surprise! Low Vitamin D Linked to Longevity

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A new study of longevity has confounded a long held assumption about vitamin D deficiency.

Low levels of vitamin D have been correlated in the past with a variety of age-related diseases. And though causality has not been determined, it was generally assumed. This new study compared levels of vitamin D in the offspring of long-lived adults (nonagenarians), who have a lower propensity for age-related diseases and a higher liklihood of reaching old age.

What they discovered was that these people had significantly lower levels of vitamin D in their system, and this correlation was independent of other factors.

Although this doesn’t suggest that you should avoid vitamin D for a longer life, it does throw into doubt the long assumed connection between low levels of vitamin D and disease.

 

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/184/18/E963

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