Association of vitamin D deficiency with cognitive impairment in older women Cross-sectional study

University of Angers, Angers, Pays de la Loire, France
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.29). 09/2009; 74(1):27-32. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181beecd3
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The association between low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration and cognitive decline has been investigated by only a few studies, with mixed results. The objective of this cross-sectional population-based study was to examine the association between serum 25(OH)D deficiency and cognitive impairment while taking confounders into account.
The subjects, 752 women aged > or =75 years from the Epidémiologie de l'Ostéoporose (EPIDOS) cohort, were divided into 2 groups according to serum 25(OH)D concentrations (either deficient, <10 ng/mL, or nondeficient, > or =10 ng/mL). Cognitive impairment was defined as a Pfeiffer Short Portable Mental State Questionnaire (SPMSQ) score <8. Age, body mass index, number of chronic diseases, hypertension, depression, use of psychoactive drugs, education level, regular physical activity, and serum intact parathyroid hormone and calcium were used as potential confounders.
Compared with women with serum 25(OH)D concentrations > or =10 ng/mL (n = 623), the women with 25(OH)D deficiency (n = 129) had a lower mean SPMSQ score (p < 0.001) and more often had an SPMSQ score <8 (p = 0.006). There was no significant linear association between serum 25(OH)D concentration and SPMSQ score (beta = -0.003, 95% confidence interval -0.012 to 0.006, p = 0.512). However, serum 25(OH)D deficiency was associated with cognitive impairment (crude odds ratio [OR] = 2.08 with p = 0.007; adjusted OR = 1.99 with p = 0.017 for full model; and adjusted OR = 2.03 with p = 0.012 for stepwise backward model).
25-Hydroxyvitamin D deficiency was associated with cognitive impairment in this cohort of community-dwelling older women.

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    • "In the studies showing a positive effect, subjects with low levels of vitamin D status had lower cognitive scores. Mild dementia was also associated with diminished vitamin D status [50] [51], while vitamin D deficiency increased the probability of cognitive impairment by more than 200% [52]. "
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    • "It is of interest that some studies showed that low dietary calcium intake (< 700 mg/day) is associated with an increased risk of ischemic heart disease death in postmenopausal women [12]. Several recent publications found a significant association between higher rate of cardiovascular disease and also cognitive impairment in the postmenopausal women and low vitamin D levels [12,13]. The mean of daily folate, vitamin B5 and B6 intake in our subjects was lower than RDA recommendations. "
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    • "studies were also reported. Low levels of plasma 25-dihydroxyvitamin D 3 (25-hydroxycholecalciferol, abbreviated as 25(OH)D) were suggested to be associated with mood disorders, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, PD, AD, and cognitive decline [40] [41] [42] [43] [44] [45] [46] [47] [48]. "
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