Low Vitamin D Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Low Vitamin D Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
low Vitamin D in Alzheimer'sVitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin due to its mechanism of production in the body, is usually associated with calcium absorption and bone health, but researchers are finding that vitamin D is strongly linked to the risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Dr. David Llewellyn, from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom, co-authored a study published in Neurology, entitled, "Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease," which confirms an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease in individuals with low vitamin D levels. "We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, but we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated," said Dr. Llewellyn in a news brief from Endocrinology Update written by Clifford Fram. The study used a large sample size--over 1,658 people--of adults older than 65 years of age. All were part of the US population-based Cardiovascular Health Study conducted between 1992-1993 and 1999. The study was prospective in design, as vitamin
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