Research has been published by Rutgers University which links vitamin D deficiency to the increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia in people over 60.
We get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. It can also be found in food, for example oily fish or fortified foods such as breakfast cereals. The majority of people will be able to get all the vitamin D they need to remain healthy through diet and sun exposure. Vitamin D is widely known for keeping our bones and teeth healthy by regulating calcium and phosphate levels in the body. A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is vital for brain health and could reduce the risk of dementia.
As people age it is important to monitor vitamin D levels for multiple reasons, one of them being the link between vitamin D deficiency and cognitive decline. Those living alone or with restricted mobility could be at risk of vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D testing should be standard practice during dementia screening; the person’s levels of vitamin D can be tested via routine blood tests.
If you are concerned about your own vitamin D levels or someone in your family then please consult your general practitioner and request a blood test assessment. (Source: Dementia UK)