Vitamin D

Men, take a note – if you want to keep your muscles active and strengthen your physical capability, then add more amount of Vitamin D to your menu and see the effect in few months, claims a new international study.

The research, conducted by a team of experts at the University of Manchester, has found out those middle-aged men, whose daily diet menu lacks the portion of Vitamin D, are more prone to the loss of bones, poor muscles, and deprived physical capability, which eventually may lead to frailty.     Frailty or ill-health is defined as the continuous loss of power, strength and physical ability that often accompanies by ageing and ultimately leads to dependence, disability and death.

The findings, revealed by the Manchester researchers showed that middle-aged men who have lower levels of Vitamin D, Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its requisite protein 3 (IGFBP3) were linked with a higher threat of infirmity. The results of the findings were presented at the 99th annual meeting of Endocrine Society – ENDO 2017 in Orlando.

Earlier, clinical studies have confirmed that intake of adequate vitamin D helps in regulating calcium and phosphorus absorption in the body, maintain healthy bones and teeth, and also supply a defensive shield against a series of diseases and conditions like type 1 diabetes, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. Now, the new study has confirmed that Vitamin D, apart from regulating muscle function and maintaining bone health, can also strengthen muscle mass and enhance the physical capability of middle-aged men. Lower levels of IGF-1 affects the development of muscle and patch up, and the action and levels of the IGF-1 are customised by its transporter protein IGFBP3.

According to the lead author of the study Agnieszka Swiecicka, a research student at the University of Manchester, “As people crosses a certain age benchmark, the wellbeing problems related to frailty become quite familiar. In most of the ageing populace, the weakness issues present and this is becoming an increasing challenge to the global healthcare systems as there is no precise treatment for curing the disease.”

But with the application of Vitamin D, by adding it more to the daily menu, such age-related issues among men can be avoided, added the lead author of the study. However, she confirmed that further research and experiments are needed to confirm this finding completely.

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