June 16th, 2010 by DoctorZaidi
Patients with Parkinson’s disease are particularly low in Hormone (vitamin) D and therefore, suffer from the effects of HDD (Hormone D Deficiency), which include decrease in muscle strength and a very high prevalence of osteopenia/osteoporosis (weak bones.) Due to difficulty in walking that occurs due to Parkinson’s disease itself, these people are at high risk for falling and fracturing their already weakened bones due to HDD.
These patients can benefit tremendously from properly building up their vitamin D levels, which have been shown to strengthen muscles and bones and decrease the risk of fractures.
Is there a direct link between HDD and Parkinson’s disease?
A researcher from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, published an article in the Journal of Movement Disorder in 2007. He believes that vitamin D deficiency may be playing a significant role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease.
Obviously further research is needed in this area. So far all the medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease actually simply control the symptoms, while the disease itself continues to progress with time.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a simple remedy such vitamin D supplement could slow down or even halt the progression of this crippling disease?
Written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD.
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