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Vitamin E Slows Functional Decline Among Alzheimer’s Patients

January 9, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study finds evidence that vitamin E slows functional decline in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, though no added benefit for memory or cognitive testing was discerned. The clinical study involved 613 patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's and was conducted from August 2007 to September 2012 at 14 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. The trial showed that vitamin E delays progression of functional decline by 19 percent a year, which translates into 6.2 months benefit over placebo. Alzheimer's affects 5.1 million Americans and is a taxing burden on 5.4 million family members and friends who serve as caregivers.
Maurice W. Dysken et al., "Effect of Vitamin E and Memantine on Functional Decline in Alzheimer Disease", JAMA, January 09, 2014, © American Medical Association
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