An Obvious Sign of Vitamin D Deficiency


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Vitamin D deficiency may
affect critical neurotransmitters and inflammatory markers.
Feeling depressed can be a
sign of vitamin D deficiency, research finds.
The study of 12,600 people
analysed their vitamin D levels and any symptoms of depression.
The results showed that people
who were more depressed had lower vitamin D levels.
As
well as low mood, the most important symptoms of depression are:

  1. Decreased interest in life or
    pleasure.
  2. Energy loss.
  3. Concentration problems.
Foods that are rich in vitamin
D include oily fish and eggs, but most people get their vitamin D from the
action of sunlight on the skin.
That is why levels are
typically lower in the body through the winter months in more Northern climes.
Up to 50% of young women may
be deficient in this vitamin, other research has shown.
The
study’s authors write that:
“We found that low vitamin D
levels are associated with depressive symptoms, especially in persons with a
history of depression. These findings suggest that primary care patients with a
history of depression may be an important target for assessment of vitamin D
levels.”
The study does not tell us
whether vitamin D deficiency causes depression or results from it.
However, vitamin D may affect
critical neurotransmitters and inflammatory markers.
Vitamin D levels are now
routinely tested during physical exams as deficiencies are linked to other
health problems, such as obesity, diabetes and general cognitive decline.
Professor
E. Sherwood Brown, study co-author, said:


“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. But we
don’t have enough information yet to recommend going out and taking
supplements.”
The study was published in the
journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Hoang et al., 2011).
SOURCE:
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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.