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Depression Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency

January 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Vitamin D deficiencies, which have been associated with a wide variety of diseases and disorders, have now been linked to depression, a U.S. study finds. Researchers examined data from 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010. Higher vitamin D levels were associated with a significantly decreased risk of current depression, particularly among people with a prior history of depression. Low vitamin D levels were associated with depressive symptoms, particularly those with a history of depression. The study did not address whether increasing vitamin D levels reduced depressive symptoms. But the researchers say their findings suggest that screening for depression in people with low vitamin D levels “might be useful.”
MinhTu T. Hoang, BS et al., "Association Between Low Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Depression in a Large Sample of Healthy Adults", Mayo Clinic Proceedings, January 05, 2012, © Elsevier Inc.
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