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Spotlight on the Vitamin Needs of Seniors

Last updated 3 years ago

Individuals of all ages need a certain amount of vitamins and other nutrients. However, as you grow older, your body may not be able to absorb certain vitamins as readily. Visit your community hospital to talk to your doctor about your changing nutritional requirements. Your community hospital offers educational events specifically for healthy aging.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for seniors because it works with calcium to keep your bones strong. This lowers your risk of osteoporosis or helps you manage the condition if you already have it, which means you can reduce your risk of suffering a fall. Since it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from the sunlight and from food sources, the doctor at your hospital may recommend taking a vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin B12

Every cell in your body needs vitamin B12. Seniors may be at a higher risk of becoming deficient in vitamin B12 because the body may not absorb it as well. You’re also at a higher risk if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, since vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products.  If you do have dietary restrictions, talk to your doctor about a vitamin B12 supplement. Giving your body enough of this essential vitamin can prevent symptoms of deficiency, such as confusion, hallucinations, and agitation.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in bone health and blood-clotting. Researchers have found that many seniors do not get the recommended amounts of vitamin K, which may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Before increasing the amount of vitamin K you get; however, talk to your doctor. Certain patients may need to restrict their levels of vitamin K, such as those taking warfarin.

Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a community hospital dedicated to improving quality of life for seniors throughout Tampa. Among our many hospital services, we provide a free program for seniors to improve health, including free screenings, support groups, cafeteria discounts, and much more. Visit our community hospital’s website to view the full list of benefits for seniors or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400 to speak with a registered nurse.

 

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