01 November 2008

Patients With Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases need vitamin D

Supports Chapter 11: Our irrational fear of sunlight, and Chapter 26: Diet and the brain

A study by researchers at Emory University School of Medicine published in October 2008 compared the amount of vitamin D, which we get from sunlight, and the prevalence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases with the amounts of vitamin D in healthy people. The study was over a 15-year period.

What it found was that people suffering these two distressing and debilitating diseases was that they had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than healthy people.

Although the researchers call for more research to be done, it has really been quite obvious for some years that one aspect of prevention of these diseases is to get out in the sun as much as possible. This is particularly important if you live in higher latitudes such as northern Europe, the northern states of the US or Canada. This new study adds weight to what I wrote in Trick and Treat.

Evatt ML, et al .Prevalence of Vitamin D Insufficiency in Patients With Parkinson Disease and Alzheimer Disease. Arch Neurol. 2008;65:1348-1352.
PMID: 18852350


Alzheimers Team said...

Got the link to your blog from someone else. Thanks for posting some really great information. My dad has Alzheimer's. Will start taking vitamin D.



Barry Groves said...

Hi Krista

Although low levels of vitamin D are involved, there is a lot more about Alzheimer's in Trick and Treat.

A diet which includes vegetable oils and a high-carb element - in other words, a 'healthy' diet, also increases Alzheimer's risk.

Perry Debell said...

Hello Barry,

The term vegetable oil has puzzled me for a long time now. Corn oil is derived from cereal. Sunflower oil from a flower, Rapeseed oil from a brassica and the only oil I that consume, comes from olives. I would try Palm oil or Coconut fat, if I could find where to buy it?

Which vegetables become vegetable oil please?