A new vitamin D/exercise study on falls among older women has confirmed the vitamin’s role in bone health but falls short of a ringing endorsement for supplementation. But it’s one data point among the many that still point to the importance of getting additional vitamin D, said Duffy McKay, ND of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
Even if you’re young and healthy, skipping meals for any extended period of time could lead to the type of weakness and fragility seen among older or unwell adults, Vendelbo explains. There’s also plenty of research showing that missing meals will further speed up muscle loss and weakness among the sick and the elderly–groups that already have a hard time holding onto skeletal muscle. But for healthy, robust adults, fasting for short stretches could actually be good for you, Vendelbo says.