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Parkinson patients: 60 % taking Vitamin D – Dec 2019

Dietary Supplement Use is High among Individuals with Parkinson Disease.

South Med J. 2019 Dec;112(12):621-625. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000001041.
Ferguson CC1, Knol LL1, Halli-Tierney A1, Ellis AC1.


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Note by the founder of VitaminDWiki
A friend of mine got Parkinson's Disease
He started taking my recommendation of 4,000 IU of vitamin D daily
   4,000 IU seemed like a big dose back in 2012
   His symptoms almost went away
   He got back to working in his machine shop. playing his guitar, and singing
Unfortunately, his doctor thought it was too much
My friend reduced his dose to 2,000 IU daily - Dr. orders
   His symptoms came back and have gotten much worse.
  No longer any guitar, no singing, no driving, very weak voice,

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To assess the present use of dietary supplements among the Parkinson disease (PD) population and to determine which dietary supplements are most commonly taken.

This cross-sectional study used an online questionnaire that was administered to individuals with PD via support group Web sites. Dietary supplement users also were asked whether they spoke with a healthcare professional about their supplement use.

Of the 205 respondents, 83.4% reported taking at least 1 dietary supplement. Although 94 different types of dietary supplements were identified, >50% of participants taking dietary supplements took multivitamins, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 (52.6%, 74.3%, and 56.1%, respectively). Respondents reported taking coenzyme Q10, Mucuna pruriens, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, melatonin, and N-acetylcysteine most commonly for PD. Among supplement users, 29.2% did not discuss their supplement use with a healthcare practitioner.

The results of this study demonstrate a high prevalence of dietary supplement use among individuals with PD, in addition to a wide variety of supplements being taken. This study's findings also indicate the need for better dialog between patients and healthcare practitioners regarding the use of dietary supplements.

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