Some fantastic research carried out at the University of Exeter has discovered a link between Vitamin D and a higher risk of dementia. (Source: Alzheimer’s Society)
People with very low levels of vitamin D in the blood may be twice as likely to develop dementia, according to a large British study published in Neurology on 6 August 2014. According to the research, those with low levels of vitamin D in the blood were 53 per cent more likely to develop any form of dementia, and those with severe vitamin D deficiencies were at a 125% greater risk.
Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘Shedding light on risk factors for dementia is one of the most important tasks facing today’s health researchers. While earlier studies have suggested that a lack of the sunshine vitamin is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, this study found that people with very low vitamin D levels were more than twice as likely to develop any kind of dementia.
‘During this hottest of summers, hitting the beach for just 15 minutes of sunshine is enough to boost your vitamin D levels. However, we’re not quite ready to say that sunlight or vitamin D supplements will reduce your risk of dementia. Large scale clinical trials are needed to determine whether increasing vitamin D levels in those with deficiencies can help prevent dementia from developing.’
At Sussex Grange, we encourage our residents and our clients in the community to get outside and see the sky – even just for a few minutes! It can be the difference between having a bad day and a good day, and lifts the mood of our residents in the house when the sun is shining. There is clearly further research to take place, but this study could have an impact on the future of dementia. For more information please read the news article directly.