Wellness/Prevention: Winter Weather Can Deprive You of Vitamin D.
Many residents of snowy, high latitude cities are most likely at risk of vitamin D deficiency, claims nutrition researcher Dr. Peter Horvath. For example, during the winter months almost 50% of Buffalo, New York residents have insufficient amounts of vitamin D and 25% are considered vitamin D deficient. Deficient levels of vitamin D may result in lower bone density, a weakened immune system, increased risk for type 2 diabetes, higher susceptibility to some cancers, an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and cognitive impairment in older adults. Dr. Horvath advises that spending more time in the sun during the warmer months along with increased dietary/supplement intake of vitamin D can be helpful maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D well into the winter season. University at Buffalo, February 2015 Quote: “Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” ~ Markus Zusak