In a study from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, scientists found vitamin D deficiency may impair muscle function due to a reduction in energy production in the muscles.
Vitamin D deficient mice were found to have impaired muscle mitochondrial function, which may have implications for muscle function, performance, and recovery.
This may suggest that preventing vitamin D deficiency in older adults could help maintain better muscle strength and function and reduce age-related muscle deterioration, but further studies are needed to confirm this.
Vitamin D is a hormone well known to be important for maintaining bone health and preventing rickets and osteoporosis.
In recent years, vitamin D deficiency has been reported to be as prevalent as 40% in European populations and linked to increased risk for several conditions, including COVID-19, cancer, and diabetes.
Multiple studies have also linked low vitamin D levels to poor muscle strength, particularly in older people.
In the study, the team used a mouse model to determine the effects of diet-induced vitamin D deficiency on skeletal muscle mitochondrial function in young, male mice.
Mice were either fed a diet with normal quantities of vitamin D or with no vitamin D to induce deficiency, for a period of 3 months.
The team found in vitamin D deficiency, skeletal muscle mitochondrial function was impaired by up to 37%.
The results show there is a clear link between vitamin D deficiency and oxidative capacity in skeletal muscle. They suggest that vitamin D deficiency decreases mitochondrial function, as opposed to reducing the number of mitochondria in skeletal muscle.
These findings suggest that vitamin D deficiency may impair mitochondrial function and reduce the amount of energy produced in the muscles, which may lead to poor muscle function.
Therefore, preventing vitamin D deficiency in older people may help maintain muscle performance and reduce the risk of muscle-related diseases, such as sarcopenia.
However, further studies that investigate the direct effect of vitamin D deficiency on muscle function and strength are necessary to confirm this.
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The study was conducted by Dr. Andrew Philp et al and published in the Journal of Endocrinology.
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