Sun helps elderly beat heart disease and diabetes

Spending more time in the sun could help older people to reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, according to a UK study.

Photograph: istockphoto
Photograph: istockphoto

The researchers, led by Dr Oscar Franco from Warwick Medical School, investigated the association between vitamin D levels in the blood and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in 3,262 people aged 50-70 years old in China.

They found a high correlation between low vitamin D levels and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome.

Dr Franco said: ‘We found that low vitamin D levels were associated with an increased risk of having metabolic syndrome, and was also significantly associated with increased insulin resistance.

‘Our results are consistent with those found in British and American populations.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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