Does Lack of Vitamin D Cause Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Vitamin D-DementiaA study just released has linked lack of Vitamin D to a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

In fact, older adults with too little vitamin D in their bloodstream could face two times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in their senior years.

So, as we age and consider the golden retirement years in golden sunshine, does it make sense to up the intake of the “Sunshine Vitamin”?

The research — based on more than 1,600 adults over age 65 — found the risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia increased with the severity of vitamin D deficiency. But the findings aren’t enough to recommend seniors take vitamin D supplements to prevent mental decline. “Clinical trials are now urgently needed in this area,” said study researcher David Llewellyn, a senior research fellow in clinical epidemiology at the University of Exeter Medical School in England. Read the rest here.