Mov Disord. 2013 Jul;28(8):1133-7. doi: 10.1002/mds.25405. Epub 2013 Apr 2.
Peterson AL1, Mancini M, Horak FB.
Balance problems and falls are a major source of morbidity and mortality in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Vitamin D supplementation reduces falls and sway in neurologically intact elderly fallers, but effects in Parkinson's disease are not established.
To study this relationship and select outcome measures for a vitamin D intervention study, balance function and vitamin D concentration were quantified in a series of Parkinson's patients in a cross-sectional, observational study. Participants underwent a battery of 5 balance tests.
Serum vitamin D concentrations were correlated inversely with Parkinson's severity, as measured by the motor Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale. Among the balance measures, vitamin D concentrations were correlated with automatic posture responses to backwards translation, specifically with response strength and stance weight asymmetry.
These findings support the hypothesis that vitamin D plays a role in balance among patients with Parkinson's disease and identify specific outcome measures for detecting effects of vitamin D upon balance.
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- Parkinson’s Disease relationship to Vitamin D
- Seniors with adequate vitamin D could rebalance themselves 80% faster, and thus not fall as often – 2013
- Seniors with less than 12 ng of vitamin D were not stable – March 2012
- Vitamin D and Muscles
- Overview Parkinson's and Vitamin D contains the following summary
Parkinson's Disease proven to be TREATED by Vitamin D (Many Meta-analyses of trials)
- Parkinson's disease stabilized with just 1200 IU of vitamin D – RCT May 2013
First RCT to report results - +anticipate far better results when more vitamin D is used.
(Belief based on the results with vitamin D on MS and Diabetes)
Additonal proofs that vitamin D treats or prevents diseases
- 6 clinical trials for PD with vitamin D intervention as of Jan 2016
A person could wait a few years to get the results of the clinical trials, but
- Based on reading more than 4,000 studies of vitamin D at VitaminDWiki
- A (loading) dose of 20,000 IU of vitamin D daily for the 3 weeks should provide observable benefit
To avoid a rare reaction to Vitamin D
take 1,000 IU of vitamin D first, and stop if you you have an allergic reaction withiin 3 days
When continuing to take vitamin D you should also take cofactors
There is virtually no need have a vitamin D test in first 2 months
- Parkinson's category has
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