Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of dementia, a degenerative disease.
This was revealed in a medical study conducted in Australia.
A person with dementia develops thinking and memory problems with age.
Research from the University of South Australia has for the first time discovered a direct link between vitamin D deficiency and dementia.
Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency reduces brain volume and increases the risk of dementia and stroke.
According to research, 17% of cases of dementia can be prevented by eliminating vitamin D deficiency in people.
The study looked at data from more than 294,000 people to examine the link between vitamin D deficiency and mental illness.
The researchers said that the findings are important for the prevention of dementia and emphasize the need to address vitamin D deficiency in humans.
“Vitamin D is very important for the health of the body as well as the mind, but so far we did not know the effects of its deficiency,” he said.
He said this was the first study to show the risk of dementia and stroke as a result of vitamin D deficiency.
Experts say the rate of dementia, which is devastating for families, is rising sharply around the world.
“If we make sure no one suffers from vitamin D deficiency, we can improve the health of thousands of people,” he added.