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Low vitamin D ‘associated with declines in cognition and dementia’

15th September 2015

Failure to consume enough vitamin D could put older people at an elevated risk of dementia and cognitive decline, according to a new study.

A team from the University of California – Davis Health System has indicated that individuals with low vitamin D levels decline mentally at a rate three times faster than those with adequate vitamin D levels.

This study was conducted among 400 racially and ethnically diverse people in Northern California. It was shown that African-Americans and Hispanics, who are less able to absorb vitamin D from sunshine, were at a particularly high risk.

Additionally, the results indicated that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency were prevalent among all of the study participants, with 26 percent being deficient and 35 percent having insufficient levels.

Joshua Miller, professor and chair of the department of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University, said: "This work, and that of others, suggests that there is enough evidence to recommend that people in their 60s and older discuss taking a daily vitamin D supplement with their physicians."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801800538-ADNFCR

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