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Parkinson's patients with low vitamin D more likely to fall

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Optimizing vitamin D levels may be a simple way to reduce some Parkinson’s disease symptoms, including falls, sleep problems, depression and anxiety
  • People with Parkinson’s had significantly lower vitamin D levels compared to those without
  • Parkinson’s patients with lower vitamin D levels also fell and suffered from insomnia more often, while also being more likely to struggle with depression and anxiety
  • People with Parkinson’s disease also had significantly lower bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine and femoral neck, although no associations were found between BMD and vitamin D levels
  • Vitamin D supplementation and/or optimization may be an effective therapy for relieving non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms

Optimizing vitamin D levels may be a simple way to reduce some Parkinson’s disease symptoms, including falls, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, according to a study that compared 182 patients with Parkinson’s and 185 healthy people without the disease. It’s previously been shown that vitamin D deficiency is common in people with Parkinson’s disease, and this study found no different.

Those with Parkinson’s had significantly lower vitamin D levels compared to those without. Further, Parkinson’s patients with lower vitamin D levels also fell and suffered from insomnia more often, while also being more likely to struggle with depression and anxiety.


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