HEALTH / DEPRESSION – VITAMIN D LINKED TO DEPRESSION
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY LINKED TO DEPRESSION.
Yet another study has come out recently showing a link between a vitamin D deficiency and increased feelings of depression. But, the specifics are still a bit shaky, according to researchers. What we know is that lower vitamin D levels are associated with an increase in depressive symptoms. What we don’t know is which came first—it’s the proverbial chicken vs. egg debate.
In this most recent study, researchers looked at 12,600 study participants and collected their information between 2006 and 2010.
High levels of vitamin D corresponded with a decreased risk of current depression, whereas low vitamin D levels were associated with an increased incidence of depression—the link was particularly marked in people with a history of depression.
“Our findings suggest that screening for vitamin D levels in depressed patients—and perhaps screening for depression in people with low vitamin D levels—might be useful,” said Dr. E. Sherwood Brown, professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and lead researcher in the study.