Common Vitamin Deficiencies As You Age

As adults get older, it is common for them to experience decreased appetite and activity levels, which in turn causes them to eat less—potentially leading to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

These vitamin deficiencies have been linked to chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, and bone loss.

Studies have found that there are several factors that can lead to dietary deficiencies in older adults. At the same time, it varies depending on the person and their genetics or lifestyle choices.

Common causes of vitamin deficiencies:

  • Poor dietary intake resulting in lack of nutrients
  • Psychological changes that accompany old age
  • Financial factors that limit the ability to purchase fresh, nutritious food
  • Medications that decrease the nutrient absorption by the body

It goes without saying that using fresh foods to prepare meals is the optimal way to achieve a balanced diet. However, as people age this is easier said than done for both physical and financial reasons. As people get older, it is common for them to rely on pre-prepared meals that do not require any additional ingredients and minimal preparation as their main meal of the day.

Unfortunately, these types of meals are considered to be the cause of vitamin deficiencies due to their poor, nutritional quality.

Common vitamin deficiencies as adults age:

  • Calcium: Often found in dark leafy greens and dairy products. Calcium deficiency can lead to decreased bone density, lowered mobility, and falls.
  • Vitamin D: This vitamin works in conjunction with Calcium to promote bone health and strength. Vitamin D can be found in certain types of fish and fortified foods, and is also naturally absorbed by the body through sunlight
  • Magnesium: This mineral has an essential role in several processes such as glucose and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is found in many plant and animal food sources.
  • Vitamin C: Most of us are all familiar with the role Vitamin C plays in immune system health. Yet Vitamin C also plays a role in the absorption of proteins, as well as the creation of connective tissue, which is essential for wound healing. Vitamin C also contains important antioxidants.
  • Vitamin B6— The B vitamins perform many functions in the body, primarily supporting protein absorption, energy levels, and most importantly for older adults: cognitive function. The richest sources of B vitamins are fish, organ meats, potatoes, and other starchy vegetables.

Nova Vita Wellness Centers offers a variety of intravenous (IV) vitamin infusions and booster shots to help boost these common vitamin deficiencies. We also offer a complete, personalized vitamin profile test which can help you understand which vitamins your body lacks and the role each vitamin plays. From this profile, we can compound an infusion specific to your body’s needs.

For more information on scheduling a vitamin infusion or learning about your body’s vitamin profile, give us a call at 512-387-5920, 512-200-7311 or you can schedule an appointment online.


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