Vitamin D deficiency favors Parkinson's

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Study: Obvious connection between vitamin D deficiency and Parkinson's disease discovered.

(13.07.2010) Finnish researchers have used a study to establish a connection between Parkinson's disease and a physical deficiency in vitamin D. A deficiency in vitamin D causes a three times higher risk of developing Parkinson's.

Scientists at the National Institute for Health and Welfare have found a link between vitamin D and Parkinson's. In the course of a study, the data from a total of 3000 subjects were evaluated. It was found that a lack of vitamin D increases the risk of Parkinson's disease by three times. The researchers now suspect that vitamin D is also responsible for protecting human nerve cells.

In the long-term study, the data of the 3000 study participants since the 1980s were evaluated. Vitamin D is found in numerous foods such as oil, milk, fish and in various types of cereals. However, vitamin D is also produced by the influence of the sun's rays in the body. As people get older, the skin's ability to produce vitamin D decreases. So far, it has not been scientifically proven that vitamin D is not only responsible for the build-up of bones, but, as has now become known, also for the protection of human nerve cells of the immune system. The study leader Marian Evatt, from the Neurological "Institute of the Emory University School of Medicin" claims that about 30 nanograms of vitamin D per milliliter of blood are valuable for the build-up every day. How much vitamin D is now important for protecting the nervous system is not yet known. Because too much vitamin D can also have a harmful (toxic) effect on the human body. It is therefore tempting to say that with a certain dose of vitamin D you can counteract the risk of Parkinson's in old age. The researchers now want to conduct further studies in this area.

Parkinson's disease usually begins between the ages of 50 and 60. In the age group 40 to 44 years one in 10,000 people get the disease. There are currently around 400,000 patients in Germany suffering from Parkinson's disease. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be reduced with naturopathic methods such as relaxation, meditation, breathing and movement exercises. These include qigong, yoga, acupuncture and massages. (sb)

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