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Serum vitamin D deficiency as a predictor of incident non-Alzheimer dementias: a 7-year longitudinal study


Annweiler, C., Rolland, Y., Schott, A.M., Blain, H., Vellas, B., Beauchet, O.


Dementia And Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Volume: 32, No.: 4, Pages.: 273-278

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Background: Hypovitaminosis D has been cross-sectionally associated with dementia and stroke. The objective of this longitudinal study was to determine whether serum vitamin D deficiency at baseline could predict the onset of non-Alzheimer dementias (NAD) within 7 years among older women.; Methods: Forty high-functioning older women (78.4 years, 76.4/82.0; median, 25th/75th percentile) from the EPIDOS Toulouse study were divided into two groups based on vitamin D deficiency (i.e., serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D <10 ng/ml) at baseline. At the end of the 7-year follow-up period, women matching the DSM-IV but not the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria were diagnosed with NAD while those matching the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria were considered to have Alzheimer's disease (AD). Subtle cognitive impairments at baseline, cardiovascular risk factors and Parkinson's disease were used as potential confounders.; Results: NAD was reported in 6 women (82.8 years, 80.6/86.0) after 7 years of follow-up. More NAD were observed in women with vitamin D deficiency (p = 0.023). There was no between-group difference regarding the onset of AD (p = 0.332). We found an association between vitamin D deficiency at baseline and the onset of NAD (adjusted odds ratio = 19.57, p = 0.042). Conversely, vitamin D deficiency was not associated with AD (p = 0.222).; Conclusion: Baseline vitamin D deficiency predicted the onset of NAD within 7 years among older women.; Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Annweiler_2011, doi = {10.1159/000334944}, url = {}, year = 2011, publisher = {S. Karger {AG}}, volume = {32}, number = {4}, pages = {273--278}, author = {C. Annweiler and Y. Rolland and A.M. Schott and H. Blain and B. Vellas and O. Beauchet}, title = {Serum Vitamin D Deficiency as a Predictor of Incident Non-Alzheimer Dementias: A 7-Year Longitudinal Study}, journal = {Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders} }


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Types of Study

Cohort Study

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Risk Factor Modification

Risk Factor Modifications

General population health promotion