Thursday, April 10, 2014

Indoor Test Animals Prove the Need for Sunlight

Photo: MarieDolphin
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

The discovery that indoor animals like pets and test rabbits suffer from vitamin D deficiency wasn't really a test at all - it was accidental.

But a report from the American Journal of Veterinary Research is highlighting the very real health problems that occur while living with a lack of sunlight - for animals and humans.

In rabbits (test subjects or pets), low vitamin D levels lead to cardiovascular issues, weak immune systems and poor dental health - similar to humans. Test rabbits growing up in a lab fare worse; vitamin D deficiency is even skewing test results.