Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Exercise and Sport Science
Brian K Schilling
Richard J Bloomer
Individuals with Parkinson's Disease (PD) have a higher incidence of osteoporosis and hypovitaminosis D. Vitamin D supplementation has not been widely evaluated in people with PD for bone and muscular health. This investigation examined the effects of vitamin D supplementation over 12 weeks (treatment n=5; control n=2) in PD. Subjects performed one repetition maximum for leg and chest press, six-minute walk, timed up and go, and quality of life questionnaires. Blood samples were analyzed for vitamin D levels and markers of bone turnover. Dual x-ray absorptiometry scans were performed to determine body composition and bone quality data. Significant improvements (p<0.05) were found in relative strength for one repetition maximum chest press, as well as fat mass for the treatment group when compared to controls, indicating a positive effect of vitamin D supplementation. No other significant differences were found between groups over time.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Moore, Anna Billings, "Vitamin D Supplementation in Persons with Parkinson's Disease" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 214.