A recent scientific study has found a correlation between the development of early-onset Parkinson’s disease and inadequate vitamin D levels.
Parkinson’s disease is an incurable disorder of the nervous system, with symptoms that include trembling hands, stiff muscles, digestive and urinary problems, and a decrease in dexterity and coordination. The average age of onset of the disease is 60, and when the disease appears before the age of 40 it is referred to as early-onset Parkinson’s disease. It is estimated that Parkinson’s affects approximately 5 million people worldwide, with 50,000 new Americans being diagnosed each year. Muhammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, and the Reverend Billy Graham are among the most famous people who have this disease.
The article on Parkinson’s disease was published in the March 2011 issue of Archives of Neurology, a prestigious international peer-viewed journal that has been published since 1919. The study involved 157 subjects and lasted approximately 13 months; vitamin D levels were determined from blood samples. The authors found a relationship between low Vitamin D levels and early onset of Parkinson’s disease, and noted that their results were “similar to or higher than those reported in previous studies.”
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