We all know that vitamin D is essential for strengthening bones through promoting the absorption of calcium, but new research points to a surprising new benefit as well: lowering the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, the research team had expected to see a correlation between vitamin D deficiencies and dementia, but were stunned to discover the strength of that connection – a 53% increased risk of developing dementia in seniors with a moderate deficiency in vitamin D, and a whopping 125% in those who were severely deficient.
While further research is needed before concluding that increasing vitamin D intake could actually reduce the risk of dementia, these findings should at least encourage the estimated one billion people worldwide who are not meeting daily vitamin D requirements. If you think you may fall into that category, try these three simple tips to increase your vitamin D intake:
- Increase exposure to sunlight.
- Add natural sources of vitamin D to your diet, such as certain types of oily fish and mushrooms.
- Check with your physician about getting tested for vitamin D levels, and add in a supplement if needed.
While constantly on the lookout for more encouraging news for those affected by Alzheimer’s, Regency Home Care is also devoted to providing top quality care through gentle encouragement, patience, engaging activities and diversion therapy. All of our caregivers and home health aides receive specialized, ongoing training in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and are equipped to work with your loved one and family through the variety of challenges that each stage of the disease brings. For a free in-home assessment to determine how we can best assist you, contact us online.