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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Schizophrenia

August 2, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
As evidence of the adverse health effects of vitamin D deficiency mounts, researchers in Iran have added a psychiatric impact. People who are vitamin D deficient are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people with normal levels. The researchers analyzed findings of 19 observational studies on vitamin D and schizophrenia, finding that vitamin D deficiency is “quite common” among schizophrenics: people with low vitamin D were 2.16 times more likely to have schizophrenia than those with sufficient vitamin D. Sixty-five percent of study participants who had schizophrenia were also vitamin D deficient.
Ghazaleh Valipour et al., "Serum Vitamin D Levels in Relation to Schizophrenia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies. ", The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, August 02, 2014, © Endocrine Society
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