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Hypovitaminosis D precedes and predicts incident declines in episodic memory and executive function in older adults with and without baseline dementia.
This finding encourages testing the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation to slow down, prevent or even improve cognitive decline.
These findings should encourage clinicians to correct hypovitaminosis D in elderly patients.
Hypovitaminosis D is a rule rather than an exception in older adults, with a prevalence of up to 90% according to the definition used.1 There is a growing body of evidence linking vitamin D to non-skeletal targets, including brain health and function.2 The …
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