Vitamin D - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

Vitamin D

Posted: Updated:
Joannie Burstein Besser knows firsthand the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. Her uncle Robert has it.

"To see him decline because of his memory has been painful, I know for him and for all of us."

The 53-year old recently started taking Vitamin D supplements hoping it will keep her mind sharp. A large new study finds seniors with lower levels of vitamin D have a 53% increased risk of developing dementia… and a nearly 70% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's.

"Vitamin D receptors may help boost memory, it can also have an effect in reducing inflammation," says Dr. Zaldy Tan of UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program.

The greatest source of Vitamin D is sun exposure. It is also found in foods such as salmon, tuna and milk.

Researchers say studies now need to be done to see if taking Vitamin D supplements or eating vitamin D rich foods can delay or even prevent dementia.

Dr. Zaldy Tan says the study isn't clear if low vitamin D levels actually cause cognitive loss or if it's the other way around.

"People with early memory problems, early undiagnosed Alzheimer's disease may be less likely to go out and be exposed to the sun."

With her family history, Joannie makes sure to take long walks outside and eats a diet rich in vitamin D.

"I want to do whatever I can to stop it from happening because it's important for us to have our minds and our memories."

The study also found the lower the levels of vitamin D, the higher the risk. Seniors who were severely deficient were 120% more likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer's than seniors with normal levels.
  • Kristen Remington's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Health Watch: Rodeo Doctors

    Health Watch: Rodeo Doctors

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:28 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:28:42 GMT

    In a sport that prizes toughness, you need an equally tough team, ready to care for rodeo athletes who suffer a gamut of injuries. Meet a local orthopaedic surgeon, who says there's no other place he'd rather be, in Health Watch.

    More >>

    In a sport that prizes toughness, you need an equally tough team, ready to care for rodeo athletes who suffer a gamut of injuries. Meet a local orthopaedic surgeon, who says there's no other place he'd rather be, in Health Watch.

    More >>
  • KTVN's 10th Annual 'Give 2 Live' Blood Drive July 12

    KTVN's 10th Annual 'Give 2 Live' Blood Drive July 12

    Friday, June 23 2017 9:41 AM EDT2017-06-23 13:41:28 GMT

    In less than a month you can help save a life by giving blood. Our 10th annual Give 2 Live Blood Drive is coming up on Wednesday, July 12th.

    More >>

    In less than a month you can help save a life by giving blood. Our 10th annual Give 2 Live Blood Drive is coming up on Wednesday, July 12th.

    More >>
  • Four GOP Senators Say They Oppose Health Care Bill

    Four GOP Senators Say They Oppose Health Care Bill

    Thursday, June 22 2017 6:50 PM EDT2017-06-22 22:50:18 GMT

    Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy. Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto have also released statements about the bill.

    More >>

    Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy. Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto have also released statements about the bill.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.