Low vitamin D linked to schizophrenia
Newborn babies with low levels of Vitamin D face double the risk of schizophrenia in later life.
Schizophrenia is a poorly understood group of brain disorders that is usually present in young adults. Symptoms include hearing voices and delusions. Low Vitamin D is common in many countries.
To examine the association between neonatal vitamin D status and risk of schizophrenia, researchers followed 848 babies from Denmark's national health registers. Of these, 424 were later diagnosed to be suffering from schizophrenia and rest were age and sex matched controls. Tiny samples of blood were taken to test Vitamin D concentrations in all these babies.
It was found that babies with low Vitamin D had double the risk of developing schizophrenia. The study shows that both low and high concentrations of neonatal vitamin D are associated with raised risk of schizophrenia. There is a need to explore the effect of vitamin D status on brain development and mental health in later years.
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