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We’re taking a moment today to appreciate the fathers, son, brothers, husbands and friends in our lives on International Men’s Day.
We’re also thinking about how to help them lead long, healthy lives. Here are some of the most important vitamins to supplement for men.
Both men and women are becoming more prone to vitamin D deficiency. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that from 1988 to 1994, 45% of about 19,000 people had adequate vitamin D levels. Just a decade later, that figure had dropped to 23%.
Previously, it was thought that vitamin D deficiency mainly affected bone health. Recently, studies have revealed an association between low vitamin D levels and higher rates of obesity, coronary heart disease and cancer.
The IOM recommends 600 to 800 IU of vitamin D per day to protect bone health for seniors over age 60. Other experts, including the Harvard University School of Public Health, suggest that 800 to 1,000 IU may be more appropriate for optimal bone health and fracture prevention.
Omega-3 fatty acids have well-documented benefits, especially for heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men, according to the CDC.
Coronary heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 male deaths. The risk is particularly pronounced for men who live in Southern states.
People who need to lower triglycerides may take 2 to 4 grams of EPA and DHA supplements a day.
We need vitamin B12 for healthy, functioning nerves, red blood cells, DNA and many other bodily functions. Like other essential vitamins, B12 can’t be made by our bodies and we must get it from food or supplements.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that 3% of adults aged 50 and over have worryingly low B12. Up to 20% of seniors may be borderline deficient.
We need stomach acid to absorb B12. Drugs for heartburn reduce acid production and thus also reduce B12 absorption. As we age, our stomachs don’t produce acid, which is why people over 50 are more likely to become deficient.
The IOM recommends that people over 50 supplement B12. A standard adult multivitamin is usually sufficient, although some people prefer to take a special B-complex.