Vitamin D Levels Linked To Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Vitamin D levels have been linked to a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, a new study finds. Schizophrenia is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Schizophrenia symptoms are hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive deficiencies.

Currently, 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed and are treated for this disease. Until now, scientists have identified genetic components and viruses as triggers for this disease. in addition, 1.2 Americans are newly diagnosed for schizophrenia every year.

 

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Vitamin D Levels: Relationship To Schizophrenia?

Scientists have recently focused on the possible link between vitamin d levels and schizophrenia based on early research. That research suggested that schizophrenia illness might be more prevalent in areas with less sunshine.One such area is the country of Denmark.

 

Indeed, a recently published study found that newborn babies with low vitamin D levels carry a higher risk of developing schizophrenia later on.

This study evaluated data from 2,602 people in Denmark. Vitamin D levels in blood samples from babies born in Denmark in between 1981–2000 were analyzed. All of these eventually developed schizophrenia in early adulthood.

These results were compared to a control group of schizophrenia-free people matched for birth date and gender.

Conclusions

The study authors conclude that low vitamin D levels in pregnant women due to a lack of sun exposure during winter months may increase schizophrenia risk.

Additional studies will further evaluate the effects of Vitamin D on child brain development and cognitive function.

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