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Low Vitamin D = Alzheimer’s?

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Are you worried about getting alzheimer’s disease?  Then take a look at this recent study.

There is no known cure for alzheimer’s disease, a progressive form of dementia characterized by short-term memory loss, confusion, irritability and mood swings, among other symptoms. Despite the lack of a cure for this neurodegenerative disorder, recent evidence suggests a potential link between the condition and low blood levels of vitamin D.

A study published in an August 2014 issue of Neurology is the latest to suggest Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are more common in people with vitamin D deficiency. The study involving more than 1,600 elderly adults (age 65 and older) found that the risk of suffering Alzheimer’s / dementia increased with the severity of vitamin D deficiency. In other words, lower blood levels of vitamin D equals a higher risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

While these findings do not necessarily prove vitamin D deficiency causes Alzheimer’s (or vice-versa), they do add to a growing body of evidence suggesting a potential link between the two, with additional research needed.

In the meantime, abundant evidence does connect adequate vitamin D intake with bone health, cell growth, and immune function; while emerging evidence suggests it could play a role in cancer prevention and other conditions. Talk to your certified personal trainer to learn more about the power of vitamin D.

For more information on how to stave off alzheimer’s disease, contact Maurie Cofman, C.E.S. personal trainer in St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton, MO.