Vitamin D deficiency

Study finds Parkinson’s patients are more commonly lacking in the vitamin than Alzheimer’s patients or healthy people

By Nathan Seppa, 16:38 PM October 10, 2008

A vitamin D shortage is more likely to show up in people with Parkinson’s disease than in healthy people or those with Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report in the October Archives of Neurology. The study is the most recent contribution to a torrent of findings linking vitamin D deficiency with health risks.

It’s well documented that such a deficiency can cause osteoporosis. Studies in recent years have also implicated a shortage of vitamin D in heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, ...

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