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December 2008 Issue

Parkinson’s Disease Linked to Low Vitamin D

Vitamin Dís ever-expanding health roles continue and may now include Parkinsonís disease. So suggest a group of researchers from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta after analyzing for vitamin D in blood samples from 300 peopleó100 with Parkinsonís disease, 100 with Alzheimerís disease and 100 healthy controls. The study found that more than half (55%) of the Parkinsonís sufferers had low levels of D compared to 41% of those with Alzheimerís and 36% of controls. While people with neurological diseases may avoid the outdoors and thus be exposed to less sunlight, which is needed to make vitamin D, the researchers suggest that lower levels of the vitamin in those with Parkinsonís compared to those with Alzheimerís hints at a link between Parkinsonís and D.

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