Vitamin D Deficiency Can Raise Depression Risk in Elderly
London: Deficiency in vitamin D — the ‘sunshine vitamin’ — among older adults is associated with a substantial increased risk of depression resulting to early death, says a new study.
The study showed that vitamin D deficiency was associated with a 75 per cent increase in the risk of developing depression. “This study shows that vitamin D is associated with a health condition other than bone health.
What is surprising is the large effect on depression even after accounting for other control variables,” said Eamon Laird, research candidate from the University of Dublin in Ireland. “Given that vitamin D is safe in the recommended intakes and is relatively cheap, this study adds to the growing evidence on the benefits of vitamin D for health,” said Laird. (IANS)
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