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Lack Vitamin E Levels Linked to Physical Decline in Older People

by Medindia Content Team on  January 24, 2008 at 12:34 PM Senior Health News   - G J E 4
Lack Vitamin E Levels Linked to Physical Decline in Older People
A lack of Vitamin E -- often a sign of poor nutrition -- is linked to physical decline in older people, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Researchers studied nutrition and physical function in 698 people aged 65 and older in Tuscany, Italy, conducting baseline examinations followed by three-year follow-up assessments, from 1998 to 2003.

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In particular the scientists, led by Benedetta Bartali of the Yale University School of Medicine, measured levels of micronutrients in the blood, including vitamins B6, B12, D and E.

They found that, with other factors taken into account, only low levels of vitamin E were significantly associated with physical decline.

"Although the findings from this epidemiological study cannot establish causality, they provide a solid base that low concentration of vitamin E contributes to decline in physical function," the study's authors wrote.

"Clinical trials may be warranted to determine whether optimal concentration of vitamin E reduces functional decline and the onset of disability in older persons with a low concentration of vitamin E," they said.

Participants in the study did not take vitamin supplements, nor do the researchers recommend them.

They noted that a sufficient amount of vitamin E can easily be obtained from almonds, tomato sauce and sunflower seeds, among other sources.

The study appeared in the January 23 edition of JAMA.

Source: AFP
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