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Vitamin D and Parkinson’s Disease









Parkinson ’s disease and the sun

Recently, a study published by the journal Environmental Research found that increased UVB exposure was associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease among            individuals under the age of 70 years.

Symptoms of PD include     tremors, slow movements, loss of balance and muscle rigidity. Thinking and behavioural  problems may also occur.  Dementia is common in the advanced stages of the disease.  Depression and anxiety are also common, occurring in more than a third of people with PD.  PD, affects about one percent of the population over the age of 60. Sadly, there is no cure for the disease; however, symptomatic treatment with L-Dopa helps for a while.

Past research has shown a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among PD patients. Additionally, low vitamin D status has been linked with increased Parkinson ’s disease severity.

The Vitamin D Council recommends individuals with PD (or who are at risk for PD) supplement with vitamin D3 on days they are unable to receive safe, sensible sun exposure when their shadow is shorter than they are tall. It is important to have your  vitamin D levels tested to ensure you are    reaching optimal levels.