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CURRENT RESEARCH: Low Vitamin D Linked To Dementia

10 Aug

vit-dA new study published in the Journal of Neurology concludes that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and also that many older adults have severely low levels of the vitamin, putting them at a much greater risk for dementia.

The researchers tested 1,658 dementia-free people aged over 65 who had participated in the US population -based Cardiovascular Health Study. The vitamin D levels in their  blood were tested, and they were followed up for an average of 5.6 years. During this follow-up period, 171 of the participants developed dementia and 102 participants developed Alzheimer’s disease.


The researchers found the participants with low levels of vitamin D were 53 percent more likely to develop dementia, and those who were severely deficient were 125 percent more likely, when compared with participants with regular levels of vitamin D.

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CURRENT RESEARCH –Gene May Help Identify Risk of Alzheimer’s in African Americans

9 Jul

A study conducted by the Alzheimer’s disease Genetics Consortium and the Mayo Clinic in Florida, was the first to look at the genetics of a large number of African-Americans diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Study results , published on April 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found minor differences between genes that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans and in Caucasians. The study compared 1,968 patients to 3,928 normal elderly African American control participants.

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