According to the results of a study conducted by researchers in Argentina, when Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients were treated with vitamin D, their condition progressed more slowly toward more severe stages of the condition than it did among patients who did not receive the treatment.
Among people over the age of 65 years, one in nine people will be affected by the condition, which has a slow development that grows progressively worse. While previous studies have shown that deficiency of vitamin D can increase the risk of the development of Alzheimer’s disease, the purpose of this study was to determine whether or not treatment with vitamin D could help to slow its progression.
This study involved the participation of 202 mild AD patients who had a minimum of four years of follow-up data.
The research determined that when vitamin D was present in a normal recommended daily amount, the progression of AD was slower that the rate of progression among those whose vitamin D levels were deficient. Patients who received vitamin D treatments took a year longer to progress to a more severe stage of the condition, when compared to those who did not receive the treatment.
The researchers concluded that treatment with vitamin D could help to not only prevent the condition, but also slow its progression.
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