Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Studies have found that many Americans aren’t. Vitamin D deficiency is important because it’s been linked to a variety of serious conditions, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. But a new study finds that a vitamin D deficiency may cause you to look older than you already are.
The secret is in the skin. Although too much sun exposure can lead to premature aging, healthy vitamin D levels can actually be good for the skin, even slowing down the aging process. In addition, keeping vitamin D levels in check can also help with common skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin in general.
Vitamin D deficiencies can be especially prevalent in the winter months, particularly in areas of the country where it’s too cold to spend much time outside. For those over the age of 50, those deficiencies are complicated even further because the body can’t as easily synthesize vitamin D from sunlight as it ages.
Unfortunately, food and supplements aren’t sufficient for correcting vitamin D deficiencies. Regularly exposing your skin to brief bouts of sunlight is a great way to boost your vitamin D levels. Even sitting by an open window can make a big difference. A UV lamp can also help, although you should restrict your exposure due to the health risks.