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Study That Shows Vitamin D May Help Battle Alzheimer's

Posted by Brian Shevel on 7 October 2015

Toronto, Canada - October 7, 2015  - Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region (HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical,in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a study showing how vitamin D can help battle Alzheimer's.

According to research recently published online in JAMA Neurology, there is a correlation between higher vitamin D levels, increased cognitive function, and a reduced risk of Alzheimer's. The study took place from 2002 to 2010 and included 382 seniors over the age of 60. Participants had their vitamin D levels measured yearly. (Source: Miller, J.W., et al., "Vitamin D Status and Rates of Cognitive Decline in a Multiethnic Cohort of Older Adults, JAMA Neurology, doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015; Published online September 14, 2015.)

"When close to 50 million people around the world are known to be living with Alzheimer's, something needs to be done," says Brian Shevel, President of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "The research efforts into Alzheimer's have been significant. The medical community understands the damage this disease is causing every day and are pushing themselves to find better treatments and ultimately a cure."

Study results are encouraging, according to Shevel. For one, participants with lower vitamin D levels scored lower on cognitive tests that focused on memory and reasoning. However, cognitive function levels increased in participants who began the study with lower vitamin D levels. Study researchers suggest that vitamin D can protect the brain and possibly even help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's.

"These findings led researchers to believe that seniors with lower vitamin D levels are more susceptible to Alzheimer's," concludes Shevel, who notes that caregivers at Home Care Assistance Toronto/York region are trained to work with seniors with Alzheimer's. "The simplest and most natural way to get more vitamin D is by sunlight. But a healthy diet is another way to get enough of this protective vitamin into your system."
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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