Vitamin D deficiency in the body increases the likelihood of developing schizophrenia.
A study conducted under the guidance of the staff of the Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, showed that newborns with low levels of vitamin are at greater risk of developing mental disorders in adulthood, according to Scietific Reports.
In the framework of the scientific work of psychiatrists analyzed the data 2 602 Danes. The researchers measured vitamin D levels in blood samples from babies born between the years 1981-2000.
Professor John McGrath (John McGrath) and his colleagues have compared samples of infants with samples of people not suffering from schizophrenia who were born in the same years.
The team found that the risk of schizophrenia in children born with vitamin D deficiency was 44 % higher at a later age. In addition, according to the authors, this deficit in newborns may be about 8 % of all diagnoses of schizophrenia in Denmark.
“We hypothesized that low levels of vitamin D in pregnant women is associated with the absence of sunlight in the winter months, so we have established a link between scarcity and risk of schizophrenia, says study author John McGrath.
According to him, prevention of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women can also prevent the development of mental disorders in children at a later age.
In the future, the researchers plan to organize a clinical study to evaluate how vitamin D protects children from the effects of neurological disorders.
“The next step is to conduct randomized clinical trials in pregnant women with vitamin D deficiency to establish the impact on the child’s brain development and risks of development nerve disease”, concludes Professor McGrath.
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Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.