Vitamin D is more than a vitamin, it’s a vital nutrient that performs multiple functions in your body, impacting your weight, mood, and disease risk. Vitamin D actually acts more like a hormone than a vitamin. And, while your skin can manufacture vitamin D with adequate sun exposure, most people still don’t get enough, meaning you too could be deficient in vitamin D.
New research shows a strong connection between a vitamin D deficiency that could increase your risk of dementia and, quite possibly, development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin D and Dementia Symptoms
A 2014 study, published in the journal, Neurology, studied older Americans of the Cardiovascular Health Study. In review of the evidence, researchers uncovered an interesting find: adults in the study who were only moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind, and those who were severely deficient had an increased risk of 125 percent. The results were examined again, this time looking for the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. The outcomes were similar, finding that a moderate deficiency of vitamin D raised the risk of Alzheimer’s by 69 percent and severe deficiency raised the risk by 122 percent.
Monitoring Your Vitamin D Levels
Although there are other factors that play into your risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, monitoring your vitamin D levels is a simple way to pave the path to prevention. At the biostation™ advanced testing is available to help you assess your risk of chronic disease, including monitoring vitamin D levels and developing a plan to treat and prevent deficiencies that contribute to disease risk.
Here are signs that often indicate you are low in vitamin D:
- You feel depressed. Vitamin D plays a role in mood regulation.
- You are over the age of 50. Older adults are at a greater risk of deficiency.
- You struggle with weight management. Vitamin D is a key player in your metabolism.
- Your bones ache. Vitamin D works with calcium to protect your bones.
If you are showing signs of vitamin D deficiency, don’t simply resolve to take matters into your own hands by grabbing a bottle of vitamin D from the supermarket shelf. Remember that the form of vitamin D you take matters and too much can be toxic. It is best to seek the advice of a practitioner who can properly advise you of your needs and develop a comprehensive protocol to ensure that you achieve all of your wellness goals.
If you have additional questions, call the biostation™ today at 888-754-1852 or contact us online.
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