Vitamin D Deficiency More Likely In Parkinson’s Patients

October 14, 2008

Researchers from the Emory University School of Medicine have found that vitamin D deficiency is more likely in patients with Parkinson's compared to other diseases........Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers from the Emory University School of Medicine have found that vitamin D deficiency is more likely in patients with Parkinson’s compared to other diseases.

Researchers carried out the study by looking at 100 people with Parkinson’s disease, 100 with Alzheimer’s and 100 healthy people from 1992 to 2007.

They found that a lack of vitamin D was most common in patients with Parkinson’s.

Overall, it was found that 55% of the patients with Parkinson’s had a vitamin D insuffiency, compared to 41% of people who had Alzheimer’s disease, and 36% of the healthy group.

This was the case with the more extreme vitamin D deficiency as well, as 23% of Parkinson’s patients had a deficiency, compared to 16% for Alzheimer’s and 10% for the healthy group.

Researchers need to do more work to determine why there is a lack of vitamin D in patients with Parkinson’s.

The study has been published in the October 2008 issue of Archives of Neurology.


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