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Off topic – Half of seniors now take 5 or more drugs daily (before only 12 percent took 5) – July 2018

Polypharmacy in the Elderly Dr. Dean

  • “Shockingly, patients on 5+ drugs per day grew from 12% (1991-1994) to 49% (2008-2011). Did you get that? An increase from 12% to 49%. It seems unbelievable until you learn that the prescriptions for heart drugs rose by 230%.”

Half of over-65s take at least five drugs a day Telegraph UK

Appears to be the source of Dr. Dean’s data

The other big drug problem: Older people taking too many pills Washington Post

  • “Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46 percent for those between 70 and 79.”

Notice that 88% of seniors took at least one prescription drug in the past month


See also VitaminDWiki

10 reasons why seniors need more vitamin D has the following

  1. Senior skin produces 3X less Vitamin D for the same sun intensity
  2. Seniors have fewer vitamin D receptors as they age
    • (The effect of low Vitamin D receptor genes does not show up on vitamin D test results)
  3. Seniors are indoors more than than when they were younger
    • not as agile, weaker muscles; frail, no longer enjoy hot temperatures
    • (if outside, stay in the shade), however, seniors might start outdoor activities like gardening, biking, etc.
  4. Seniors wear more clothing outdoors than when younger **+fear skin cancer/wrinkles, sometimes avoid bright light after cataract surgery
  5. Seniors often take various drugs which reduce vitamin D (some would not show up on vitamin D test) statins, chemotherapy, anti-depressants, blood pressure, beta-blockers, etc
  6. Seniors often have one or more diseases which consume vitamin D ( osteoporosis, diabetes, MS, ...)
  7. Seniors generally put on weight at they age - and a heavier body requires more vitamin D
  8. Seniors often (40%) have fatty livers – which do not process vitamin D as well
  9. Seniors not have as much Magnesium needed to use vitamin D
    (would not show up on vitamin D test)
  10. Seniors with poorly functioning kidneys do not process vitamin D as well
    (would not show up on vitamin D test) 2009 full text online  Also PDF 2009
  11. Vitamin D is not as bioavailable in senior digestive systems (Stomach acid or intestines?)

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