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Low vitamin E linked to decline

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

Researchers assessed 698 people, aged 65 or over who were living in the community, and followed them up after three and five years.

Those who had vitamin E blood concentrations of less than 1.1mcg/ml were significantly more likely to have experienced a decline in physical function, they said.

Trials are needed to determine the ‘optimal concentration’ of vitamin E required to reduce the onset of disability in older persons, they suggested.

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

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