Navigation Links
Low vitamin E levels associated with physical decline in elderly
Date:1/22/2008

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that a low concentration of vitamin E in the blood is linked with physical decline in older persons.

Published in the January 23 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association, 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, led by first author Benedetta Bartali of Yale, collected blood samples to measure the levels of micronutrients including folate, iron and vitamins 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 was 1.62 times greater in persons with low levels of vitamin E compared with persons with higher levels.

Bartali added, It is unlikely that vitamin E is simply a marker for poor nutrition because our results are independent of energy intake, and the effect of low levels of other micronutrients was not significant. Our results suggest that an appropriate dietary intake of vitamin E may help to reduce the decline in physical function among older persons. Since only one person in our study used vitamin E supplements, it is unknown whether the use of vitamin E supplements would have the same beneficial effect.

Bartali stresses that vitamin E was the only antioxidant measured in the study and further studies are needed to determine whether low levels of other antioxidants would yield the same results.

As an antioxidant, vitamin E may prevent or reduce the propagation of free radicals in the human body, which are associated with physical decline. This may help reduce muscle or DNA damage and the development of pathological conditions like atherosclerosis. Bartali said further studies are needed to determine the mechanisms of how low levels of vitamin E contributes to a decline in physical function.


'/>"/>

Contact: Karen N. Peart
karen.peart@yale.edu
203-432-1326
Yale University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Lack of Vitamin E Linked to Physical Decline
2. Vitamin D May Curb Falls in High-Risk Older Women
3. TABS Group Releases Intriguing Voting Trends Based on Vitamin and Supplement Usage: Republicans More Likely to Use Supplements
4. Vitamin C May Play Role in Stroke Prevention
5. Join the Vitamin D Revolution: How to Get 30 Minutes of Daily Sunshine for Optimal Health
6. Low Vitamin D Linked to Heart Risk
7. Vitamin D2 is as effective as vitamin D3 in maintaining concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D
8. More Energy & Immunity With Vitamin Supplements This Winter
9. Extra Doses of Vitamins C, E Dont Guard Against Preeclampsia
10. Natural Nutrition to Launch New Vegetarian Vitamin D Line of Products
11. Mission Pharmacal Launches CitraNatal(TM) Prescription Prenatal Vitamin Line
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Low vitamin E levels associated with physical decline in elderly
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... Specialty Technical Publishers ... International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol for Great Britain . ... scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly collect, share, archive, and export ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... What: Shriners Hospitals for Children, with ... to our patients – using a video monitor and web-enabled camera. Santa visits with ... the Auditorium into a Christmas Wonderland, which is where the video connection to the ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... it has been featured in SuperbCrew magazine, a leading online tech news platform ... This interview, now featured on SuperbCrew.com, explores the state of enterprise mobility security ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Progressive Laboratories™ is one ... glutathione to enhance production of nitric oxide (NO). , NitroGenesis Pro™ is made ... NO twice as effectively and sustains NO blood levels twice as long as ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... Dr. ... 5th Avenue Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, who recently participated in the 36th Annual Cutting Edge ... five of the newest techniques for getting that perfect, yet natural-looking, nose. Dr. Weintraub, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... and BOCA RATON, Fla. ... Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research ... has finalized a funding agreement SegAna, LLC, an ... developed at University of Central Florida. The Florida ... research, and bridges early funding gaps for companies ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... and PUNE, India , December 5, 2016 ... "Surgical Sutures Market by Product Type and by Application - Global Opportunity Analysis ... $3,360 million in 2015, and is expected to reach $5,255 million by 2022, ... dominated the market in 2015 with more than four-fifths share. ... ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... and Gateway Health proudly announce a dynamic collaboration that will ... members with specific high risk needs. In an ... of consumers, Wellbridge combines technology and population expertise with a ... daily behaviors and lifestyle. ... , , "Dealing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: