The connection between Dementia and Vitamin D

The connection between Dementia and Vitamin D

According to CDC “Dementia is not a specific disease but is rather a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities.”

One of the leading reasons for death and disability is Dementia. Currently, about 48 million people in the world suffer from dementia and this number is predicted to increase 2.73 times by 2050. 

Almost 10 million people advance to dementia each year. It is an incurable neurodegenerative disease.

This puts a huge burden on the healthcare system, with Alzheimer’s Dementia care costing about $81.8 billion every year worldwide.  

AD accounts for 75% of all Dementia making it the most common type.

A Study: ‘Link Between Vitamin D and Dementia Risk Confirmed’ – found that people with low levels of vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 125 percent increased risk compared to participants with normal levels of vitamin D.

It is estimated that 40-75% of all adults are vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D deficiency has been connected to vascular dysfunction and ischemic stroke risk in addition to brain atrophy. 

Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with significantly faster declines in both episodic memory and executive function performance, which may correspond to elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. 

It has been suggested that Vitamin D deficiency could play a crucial role in the progression of Dementia and AD, due to its role in neurotrophy, neurotransmission, neuroprotection, and neuroplasticity.

Vitamin D is a neurosteroid hormone that controls neurotransmitters and neurotrophies. It has anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties. It enhances neurotrophic factors such as nerve growth factor which further promotes brain health. Moreover, it is also useful in the prevention of amyloid accumulation and helps amyloid clearance. 

Please do not ignore the importance of the role of Vitamin D. Get your Vit D levels checked.

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References: 

www.mayoclinic.org 

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 

bmcneurol.biomedcentral.com 

www.alzheimers.net 

www.aan.com 

www.hindawi.com