Study Shows Link Between Dementia And Lack Of Vitamin D

(MENAFN- Newsroom Panama)

A groundbreaking genetic study from the University of South Australia has shown a direct link between dementia and a lack of vitamin D.

The genetic study analyzed data from 294,514 participants in the UK Biobank, examining the impact of low vitamin D levels (25 nmol/L) on the risk of dementia and stroke.

Exploring the relationship between vitamin D, neuroimaging features, and the risk of dementia and stroke, the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that low vitamin D levels are associated with higher volumes and lower brain tumors and higher risk of dementia and stroke.

Genetic analyzes supported a causal effect of vitamin D deficiency and dementia; in some populations, up to 17% of dementia cases could be prevented, according to the study findings, by increasing vitamin D levels in all cases (50 nmol/L).

Dementia is a chronic or progressive syndrome that leads to impaired cognitive function. More than 55 million people worldwide have dementia and 10 million new cases are diagnosed each year.

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