Study finds that Vitamin D could prevent stress fractures in older women

If you are a woman looking to keep your bones healthy to prevent pain in the feet, you may want to look into the positive effects of Vitamin D, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. One of their studies determined that women over the age of 65 had a significant drop in nonvertebral fractures.

High dosage is recommended
Although most people with foot pain already know that calcium found in many dairy products can be effective in promoting strong bones, past studies on the side effects of Vitamin D for postmenopausal women were found inconclusive with small amounts. However, when researchers doubled the amounts previously administered, fractures were reduced by 30 percent. All of the participants in the study were over 65, and 91 percent were women. So take note ladies, taking steps to include more of this nutrient could be a good way to keep your feet strong.

How to get more Vitamin D
Important for your overall health as well, Vitamin D is created when the body is exposed to sunlight. However, it is also found in fish with high fat content like salmon, eggs and even some mushrooms, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. There are also some foods that are fortified with Vitamin D like milk and bread. However, to get the amount of nutrients that elderly women need to prevent foot problems from occurring, a supplement is recommended. Anna Lasak, MD, told the Inquirer that most people have a Vitamin D deficiency, so even if you are in your 30s or 40s it would be wise to take 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams a day.

What other studies have shown
Frailty is not the only ailment that can be treated from Vitamin D. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, not getting enough of the nutrient could also increase your risk of death. No, really. The study found that adults over 60 that were already frail tripled their risk of death without taking Vitamin D. Ellen Smit, PhD, and author of the study said "this is an important finding because we already know there is a biological basis for this. Vitamin D impacts muscle function and bones, so it makes sense that it plays a big role in frailty."

So what are these doctors are trying to tell us? Get outside. Sunshine is not only good for your bones, but it can help you live longer.