Clear Link Found Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Alzheimer’s
Beth Greenfield, senior writer
“Older adults who are severely deficient in vitamin D may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t have a deficiency, according to the largest study in the Journal of Neurology.”
“We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s but the results were surprising- we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated.” noted lead researcher David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical School.”
“He and his team found that adults who were just moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia. -the general term for any severe decline in mental ability- while the risk jumped to 125 percent for those who had a severe deficiency.”
Similarly, for Alzheimer’s disease- the most common type of dementia- the moderately deficient were 69 percent more likely to develop it, while the severely deficient had a 122 percent increased risk.
D.K. I added this page because I am hearing time and time again the importance of vitamin D. My doctors check me a couple of times a year, even though I am in the normal/optimal level. They feel it is that important to watch it!
Please don’t assume your vitamin D level is normal just because you take the supplement. The only way to know is through a blood test. My brother lives on the water in Florida and he was so certain he was getting enough vitamin D through the sun exposure. I encouraged him to have the blood test just to make sure! Well, he was so surprised with his results; he was deficient and started on vitamin D right away.
Hope this information is helpful to you.