Older, active and vitamin E
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
In older people, low vitamin E concentration contributes to decline in physical function. A study found this when it looked at data on about 700 Italians.
Benedetta Bartali of Yale University School of Medicine and her colleagues measured vitamin E in the blood and assessed the abilities to walk a short distance, stand up from a chair, and balance.
In people with low vitamin E, the odds of declining in physical function after three years were greater than in those with higher levels.
``An adequate level of vitamin E may reduce the decline in physical function.’’ (5 seconds)
Good sources of vitamin E include olive oil, almonds and sunflower seeds.
The study, named InCHIANTI, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011