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Lack of Vitamin D May Lead to Premature Death

Lack of Vitamin D May Lead to Premature Death

People who are deficient in vitamin D may be twice as likely to die prematurely than those who have adequate levels of this vitamin.

According to a  recent study, a research team discovered, as observed over nine years, that people with less than 10 nanograms per milliliter of vitamin D present in their blood levels are twice as likely to die early than people with at least 30 nanograms/milliliter of the vitamin.

This is based on a review of 32 studies conducted on vitamin D blood levels and the death in 566,583 participants from 14 countries, including the United States, whose average age is 55. Their 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels, referring to the vitamin D present in blood, were studied.

Based on the results of the study, people should try to increase their vitamin D levels, according to the study author and UC San Diego professor Cedric Garland. Three years ago, the Institute of Medicine has


Are Robots Capable Caregivers?

As the life expectancy of humans is extended and the elderly become an ever-growing population, could robots be the next ideal caregivers? According to an EU research project, this is a possibility.

Within a decade in Europe, there will be roughly 84 million elderly with age-related problems.

However, it is worth noting that the European senior citizens have a disposable income of more than EUR 3,000 billion. By 2016, the need for robots in EU for the elderly could reach around EUR 13 billion, said Stephen Von Rump, the Giraff Technologies AB CEO.

The increasing demand for care giving services is happening not only the EU but in many other countries as well. Mr. Von Rump said that it might be high time to seriously consider turning to technology for help. In the EU alone, there are around 5 million homes with an elderly needing formal care services and 12 million homes around the world and possibly more who would have preferred home care.

The


Chocolate May Help Solve Obesity and Diabetes Problems

Obesity is a common health problem in the US, with more than a third of its population suffering from the condition. Obesity greatly increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. But recent study shows that both conditions can be prevented by eating the right type of chocolate. Cacao and cocoa powder, for instance, are among the types of chocolates with the highest levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you eat high levels of flavanols, it could reduce insulin resistance and enhance glucose regulation, effects which may protect you from type 2 diabetes.

The research team of a mouse study was led by Andrew P. Neilson, a researcher from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology. They found out that cocoa, the main component of chocolate, restricted the mice’s ability to gain weight and reduce their sugar levels.

This study was also supported by a study conducted ea