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Bone Cancer Symptoms: When Aches and Pains Are More Than Arthritis

Bone Cancer Symptoms: When Aches and Pains Are More Than Arthritis

When you think about the more than 200 bones that comprise the skeletal framework supporting your body, you probably envision them as sturdy, rigid, and unchanged. Actually, your bones are in a constant state of flux. Cells known as osteoclasts break down weakened portions of the bone, while cells called

Magnesium: An Important Mineral for Your Health

Magnesium may not get as much attention as some other nutrients, but it’s a critical mineral for your muscles, bones, brain, and heart. Getting more magnesium in your diet is associated with a lower risk of some diseases and even early death, according to a study published in BMC Medicine

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

What is osteoporosis? Think of it this way: Healthy bones are in a state of continuous breakdown and rebuilding. This process, called remodeling, is performed by specialized cells called osteoclasts, which resorb (break down) old bone, and osteoblasts, which form new bone.
In young adults, remodeling happens in a balanced fashion

9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

2. Easy Ways To Get The Nutrition You Need

Eat Better, Save Money
A common misconception about trying to eat food that is more nutritious is that improving your diet has to cost more. “Healthy food is not necessarily expensive,” says Parke Wilde, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School who previously worked for the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

3. Fueling Activity

Nutrition Gives You an Edge
Healthy eating habits can help keep you energized and ready to be active. What, when, and how much you eat can greatly affect your ability to perform different physical activities, not to mention your ability to maintain good health. The composition of your meals and snacks,

Optimize the Results of Your Knee Replacement

As the U.S. population ages, the need for total knee replacements (TKR) will rise. Currently, more than 600,000 TKRs are performed annually, and projections estimate that, by the year 2030, the number of TKRs will increase by almost 700 percent.

Pain and stiffness resulting from osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common

How to Use a Common Vitamin for Memory Protection

How to Use a Common Vitamin for Memory Protection

Vitamin D deficiency can cause a slew of problems. Side effects of a vitamin D deficiency can include impaired immune function, decreased bone density, and depression. And now researchers have discovered that vitamin D is an essential vitamin for memory, too.
Here, we look at three benefits of vitamin D.

vitamin for memory

Vitamin D deficiency can cause a slew of problems. Side effects of a vitamin D deficiency can include impaired immune function, decreased bone density, and depression. And now researchers have discovered that vitamin D is an essential vitamin for memory, too.

Here, we look at three benefits of vitamin D.

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1. Low Vitamin D is associated with poorer cognitive performance

Several studies have found vitamin D levels to be associated with cognitive function. In fact, low levels of vitamin D seem to raise the risk for cognitive impairment in both younger and older adults, and people with low vitamin D show worsened performance on a variety of cognitive tasks.[1-3] Having a vitamin D deficiency might also cause your cognitive function to decline at a faster rate.

2. Cognitive function declines at a faster rate in those who have lower vitamin D levels

Researchers from UC Davis and Rutgers University published a study in the journal JAMA Neurology in September 2015.[4] They looked at data from close to 400 men and women who had an average age of 75.

They found that vitamin D levels were significantly lower in people with dementia than they were in people who had either mild cognitive impairment or normal cognitive function.

But what was particularly interesting about the study was that the rate of decline in memory and other aspects of cognitive performance was faster in those people who had insufficient levels of vitamin D. In fact, over the five-year follow up, the rate of decline was two to three times faster in those we had low vitamin D compared to those who had sufficient levels.

Similar results were found in another study, where low levels of vitamin D were associated with greater decline in global cognitive function over time.[5]

3. Get adequate vitamin D to protect your brain

Step 1. First, visit your doctor to have your current level tested. Ask for the 25-hydroxy vitamin D test (also called the 25-OH vitamin D test or Calcidiol 25-hydroxycholecalciferol test) to see if you have a vitamin D deficiency.

Step 2. If your level is below 50 ng/mL, begin taking a supplement. Most people can start with a daily dose of 2000 IU, but some people need as much as 5000 IU or more.

Step 3. Work with your doctor, who can monitor your levels through bloodwork and keep you in the optimal range of 50 to 100 ng/mL.

Step 4. Getting safe sun exposure is another great way to boost your vitamin D levels. Aim for 15 to 30 minutes of sun time daily, but be sure to get out of the sun or wear sunscreen before burning. Discover more ways to get enough vitamin D here.

Don’t let low vitamin D levels stand in the way of good health. Plenty of vitamin D will help protect against memory loss, keep your bones healthy, boost your energy, and promote longevity.

So get started in boosting your levels today.

Share your experience

Do you take this vitamin for memory? How much do you find you need to maintain adequate levels? Share your experience in the comments section below.


[1] Eur J Neurol. 2015 Jan;22(1):106-15, e6-7.

[2] Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2015 Aug 25;11:2217-23.

[3] J Alzheimers Dis. 2015;45(4):1119-26.

[4] JAMA Neurol. 2015 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]

[5] J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Apr;62(4):636-41.


Originally published in 2015 and updated.

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