In July 2010 we shared a story with you that suggested there may be a link between Vitamin D and Parkinson’s disease. Working with a team of researchers, Emory’s Dr. Marian Evatt found that among those studied, people with the lowest vitamin D levels were three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease than individuals in the group with the highest vitamin D levels. The study results, published in July 2010 Archives of Neurology, concluded with a recommendation for increasing daily intake of Vitamin D. And in response to the findings from this study and several others, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) did in fact increase the recommended daily intake for Calcium and Vitamin D.
Last week, to further these findings and increase awareness around Vitamin D levels, USA Today reported on findings from a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study that found 1/3 of American are deficient in Vitamin D. While the severity of implications of Vitamin D deficiency are still being researched and evaluated, it is clear that proper Vitamin D intake should be a priority.
“I am so pleased that there is increased awareness about health implications of insufficient Vitamin D levels. While we know that there is a link , we are still studying the relationship of vitamin D and Parkinson’s disease. In particular, we are leading an investigational clinical trial that we hope will determine if increased doses of Vitamin D stops the progression of Parkinson’s disease,” remarks Dr. Evatt.
If you’re interested in prioritizing Vitamin D into your diet, fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, fortified milk, cheese and yogurt, eggs, mushrooms and exposure to sunlight are all good sources of Vitamin D. You can also check out our recipe for no-bake breakfast bars.