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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, September 25, 2015

alzheimers news-sunshine disease

thats what i call it
the sunshine disease
the lack of sunshine disease
i have a relative that doesnt get outside much
he gets very little sunshine
you can tell when you see him
as he is definitely a caucasian
a lily white one

what that means is that he doesnt get enough sunshine
hitting his skin
to covert the vitamin d to a form that can be used in
the body
to make stronger bones
now it appears that it helps memory

dental films showed he already had thinning of the jawbone
the dentist recommended he get on vitamin d
which he has now been on for awhile

several month ago i read the article on taking certain vitamins
and supplements to slow down cognitive decline
many based on labs done
eg one was vitamin d3
if it was less than 50 ng/ml
supplemental vitamin d was recommended

now you can also get it in milk products and other foods
but the sunshine helps a lot

now i really wasnt worried about the sunshine deal
since i was outside working in the sun almost every day
i figured i was ok

now i dont drink milk but do eat cheese twice a day

so after i read the article
i got all the labs done that were suggested
now many of them i had already had them done
as part of my initial evaluation

to my surprise my levels were low as well as my vitamin b levels

i think i may have an absorption problem from my chronic
reflux and use of omeprazole for years
cant live without that though

Image result for vitamin d sources
so i started vitamin d supplementation on a daily basis
as have all my siblings after checking their levels and with
consulting their doctors

last week i read this article about how vitamin d even
slightly low ones in older folks
is associated with some memory decline
some memory loss

the study found those folks had a loss of episodic memory
and executive function

now they plan a longer study
giving the folks with the low vitamin d levels supplementation
long term to see if there will be an improvement in their memory

i like others dont want to wait for those studies results

get your vitamin d3 level checked
if its less than 50 ng/ml begin vitamin d supplements
with the permission of your medical provider
too much vitamin d can be bad for you also

my level is 40ng/ml  so i take vitamin d 1000 iu a day
soon to check my level to make sure im getting a enough
and not getting too much

my memory and my bones will both benefit from this

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confessions of an alzheimers wife

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