So you’ve listened to mainstream and now you don’t even know what the sun looks like anymore.
Well, I’ve got some bad news for you — because if, like most people, you’re deficient in the sunshine vitamin, you’re also at risk for life-robbing diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
One new study out of England’s University of Exeter found that seniors with the lowest levels of D had a dramatically higher risk of dementia warning signs.
Researchers followed 858 seniors for six years, and found that those with less than 25 nanomoles of D per liter of blood were 60 percent more likely to experience general cognitive decline, and 31 percent more likely to start losing their abilities to plan, organize and prioritize.
That’s a road you don’t want to go down — because it ends in a nursing home, where you think every orderly is a long-dead relative and you can’t tell noon from midnight anymore.
But what’s truly bizarre about this new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine is the accompanying editorial, which is straight out of the Dark Ages. In it, Dr. Andrew Grey of the University of Auckland in New Zealand urges people NOT to take a D supplement. He also writes that most people shouldn’t even bother to have their D levels measured.
Paging Dr. Grey, there’s a reality check for you on line one: Ignorance isn’t bliss!
I wonder if this guy even bothers reading these journals. Let me help him out here, because a second new study finds that high levels of D can help save you from Parkinson’s disease.
The study in the Archives of Neurology looked at the D levels of 3,173 Finns between the ages of 50 and 79, and found that those with the most had a 65 percent lower risk of Parkinson’s than those with the least.
Meanwhile, a new report in Endocrine Today says it’s now clear beyond all doubt that vitamin D is needed by the immune, pancreas, cardiovascular, muscle and brain systems.
That’s in addition to all the other well-established benefits of vitamin D, which can help everything from your bones to your longevity. Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autism and schizophrenia.