Watch above: Dr. Samir Gupta discusses the five early signs of identifying dementia
A new study examining the vitamin D levels of over 1,600 healthy patients found those with a decreased level had a greater risk of developing dementia.
The study’s results do seem to suggest a link between vitamin D levels and dementia, but Global News’ medical contributor Dr. Samir Gupta stressed that this is an association only, and taking vitamin D does not mean you’ll prevent the disease.
“There may be something else out there that’s actually causing the dementia but also associated with low vitamin D levels,” Dr. Gupta said.
“Examples might be just lifestyle choices, even dietary choices which can affect vitamin D levels but also affect brain health.”
Low vitamin D levels have also been associated with other conditions, including cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and depression. However, supplementing vitamin D into the diet has not been shown to decrease the occurrence of these conditions.
“When we look at the studies of supplementing vitamin D, they haven’t actually been able to show a difference in those diseases, and that includes in dementia,” Dr. Gupta said.
Dr. Gupta describes dementia as an “insidious” disease and said people should look out for five subtle changes in their loved ones, especially as they get older.
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