|PHYSICAL DECLINE AND VITAMIN E|
This report was published in the January 23 2008 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association. Yale School of Medicine Researchers found that a low concentration of vitamin E in the blood is linked with physical decline in older persons.
The study included 698 people age 65 or older who were randomly selected from the population registry in two municipalities close to Florence, Italy. The researchers, collected blood samples to measure the levels of micronutrients including iron, vitamins B3, B6, B12, D and E. They assessed physical decline in the study participants over a three-year period using an objective test of three tasks: walking speed, rising repeatedly from a chair, and standing balance.
"We evaluated the effects of several micronutrients and only vitamin E was significantly associated with decline in physical function," said Bartali, a nutritionist and a Brown-Coxe Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale School of Medicine. "The odds of declining in physical function were 1.62 times greater in persons with low levels of vitamin E compared with persons with higher levels." Only 1 person in the study was taking Vit. E as a supplement so this is an effect related to food consumption.
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