LACK OF SUNLIGHT INCREASES RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND CANCER, Thousands of middle aged adults could be at higher risk of fractures, heart disease, cancer and diabetes due to a lack of vitamin D, research shows. It found that an average 1 in 10 men and women aged 40 to 80 were deficient – probably because they were spending too much time indoors.But the study by Cambridge University also found that adults with the highest levels of vitamin D were least likely to die.The vitamin is thought to play a key role in several chemical reactions and has been shown to protect against cancers, heart disease, diabetes and boost fertility.Researchers looked at 14,641 men and women aged 42 to 82 from 1997 to 2012. They found that 9 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women did not have enough vitamin D.
The greatest source of vitamin D comes from a reaction of sun on the skin but in the UK and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, this can only be made in the summer sun. SEE MORE ON PAGE2