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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.

Read more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/dailydose/cf/2014/08/7/low_vitamin_d_linked_to_dementia

 

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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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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130412132214.htm