Brain Health and Vitamin D
A recent study found a correlation between low Vitamin D and dementia.
Do you know someone suffering from dementia or showing signs of developing this heartbreaking condition?
The number of people with dementia is expected to double in the next 20 years. In fact, researchers predict that by 2050, there could be as many as 139 million people living with dementia worldwide. A staggering prediction considering that there are an estimated 55 million people worldwide living with dementia.
Can Vitamin D play a role in preventing dementia? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that actually acts more like a hormone. Considering the brain is largely made up of fat, and is both neurologically and chemically driven, let's see what the research is saying:
A 2014 study published by the American Academy of Neurology found that people who were just considered "low" in Vitamin D had a 53% increased risk of developing dementia, while those that were severely deficient had a 125% increased risk of dementia!
125% increased risk of dementia!
A more recent paper from 2022 out of the University of South Australia found similar results showing a correlation between low Vitamin D levels and the development of dementia. In fact, there is evidence that 17% of dementia cases could be prevented by simply correcting extreme Vitamin D deficiency. In this paper, Professor Elina Hypponen writes about the need to "abolish Vitamin D deficiency".
Among the many risk factors and potential causes of dementia, the role of Vitamin D deficiency can not be overlooked. Considering that Vitamin D is so crucial for so many functions in the body, it's not surprising that it's important for brain health too!
Are you low in Vitamin D? Is your blood level of Vitamin D in the optimal range? There's only one way to know. Get it checked!
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