Vitamin E May Slow Alzheimer’s Progression - Elizabeth Agnvall

 – January 3, 2014  –– 

Among more than 600 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a daily high dose of vitamin E slowed the decline in the ability of patients to perform everyday tasks, such as dress or bathe independently, by about six months on average. And, perhaps more tellingly, those taking vitamin E needed two fewer hours a day of help from caregivers. The study, which appeared in the Jan. 1 issue of JAMA, didn’t find any improvement in the memory or thinking ability of the patients. Those taking the Alzheimer’s medication memantine or a combination of vitamin E and memantine didn’t do any better than those taking a placebo. “We were focusing on activities of daily living,” said study author Mary Sano, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Once the person has the disease, those are the things that make them dysfunctional.”

-Dr. Mary Sano, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Professor, Psychiatry, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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