Lack of Vitamin D Linked with Mental Decline in the Elderly

Vitamin D supplementsA growing body of research is revealing that elderly with the lowest levels of Vitamin D in their blood are significantly more likely to have a higher incidence of cognitive impairment. Researchers are discovering mounting evidence for previously unsuspected roles for vitamin D in brain development and neuroprotection.

In a recent study from the University of Cambridge, British researchers recently examined the association between serum vitamin D levels and cognitive impairment in persons 65 and older. Those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D were more than twice as likely to have cognitive impairment.

A simple blood test can measure the circulating Vitamin D levels in your blood. Many doctors are now drawing blood levels of Vitamin D to to make sure patients are getting enough of this important vitamin to optimize good health. Ask your doctor about this.

Most often calcium supplements with Vitamin D are recommended by health care professionals.  If calcium supplements are not needed, Vitamin D 1,000 IU is available over-the-counter, and may be recommended. Vitamin D is included in most multivitamins, but in very low strengths from 50 IU to 1,000 IU.

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via Llewellyn DJ, et al “Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and cognitive impairment” J Geriatr Psych Neurol 2009

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1 Response to “Lack of Vitamin D Linked with Mental Decline in the Elderly”

  1. I suppose half an hour every day on the fresh air without sunscreen gives you natural Vitamin d, isn’t it?

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