A clear sign of vitamin D deficiency

Levels are generally lower in the body during the winter months in northern latitudes.

Symptoms of depression like loss of energy, trouble concentrating, and lack of pleasure can be signs of vitamin D deficiency, research shows.

About half of the world’s population suffers from vitamin D deficiency.

Most people get their vitamin D from the sun’s action on the skin.

This is why the levels are generally lower in the body during the winter months in the northern latitudes.

The study involved 1,282 elderly people, some of whom were depressed.

The results showed that vitamin D blood levels were 14% lower in people with minor and major depression.

The study’s authors write:

“The underlying causes of vitamin D deficiency, such as less exposure to the sun due to decreased outdoor activities, different housing or clothing habits, and decreased intake of vitamins can be secondary to depression, but depression can also be the result of poor vitamin D status.

Additionally, poor vitamin D status results in increased serum parathyroid hormone levels.

Scientists found that almost half of the people in the study were deficient in vitamin D.

The authors write:

“… 38.8 percent of the men and 56.9 percent of the women in our community cohort had insufficient vitamin D status. “

Vitamin D is found in oily fish, egg yolks, fortified cereals and some spreads.

Most people need around 10 micrograms per day, which can also be obtained from supplements.

The study was published in the journal General Psychiatry Archives (Hoogendijk et al., 2008).

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