Lack of Vitamin D may be linked to dementia
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Researchers should investigate whether vitamin D deficiency is linked to Alzheimer's disease, says William Grant of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center. He explains in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease that low serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oral health - all of which are risk factors for or precede dementia
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