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Low vitamin E levels linked with physical decline

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Low levels of vitamin E are associated with physical decline in among older people, according to a study.

Researchers in Italy examined 698 people aged over 65 living in the community and followed up after three and five years.

Participants’ physical performance was measured using a standardised measure and micronutrient levels were also assessed.

Patients with blood concentrations of Vitamin E of less than 1.1 micrograms per millilitre were 65% more likely to experience decline in physical function.

Authors wrote: ‘Clinical trials may be warranted to determine whether an optimal concentration of vitamin E reduces functional decline and the onset of disability in older persons.’

Journal of the American Medical Association (2008) 299:308-315

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