Is Depression Linked to Low Vitamin – D?


Is depression linked to low vitamin-D? As per studies, it was found that people with depression have low levels of vitamin-D. The researchers believe that vitamin-D plays important role in healthy brain functions, insufficient levels may play a vital role in depression and other mental illnesses.

Depression may lead to disabling conditions impairing all aspects of body functions. Vitamin-D is reported to have beneficial effects in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Most people with depression have a lower level of vitamin-D. This may be due to insufficient intake of vitamin -D or less exposure to sunlight.

Depression, in the long run, can significantly reduce the quality of life and is a major risk factor for the decline in functional activities, admission to residential care, and even in some cases early death, if remains untreated.

Prevention from depression should be the priority, with consideration and identification of important risk factors.

Depression remains undiagnosed in majority of old age adults.

Risk Factors For low vitamin -D linked depression.

Low levels of vitamin-D may be due to limited sunlight exposure, lifestyle, and old age. Vitamin-D or the sunshine vitamin is also essential for bone health. And its deficiency is also found to be linked with non-bone health issues like inflammation and diabetes.

Sun Exposure.

The primary source of vitamin-D is sun shine. Limited sun exposure or use of sunblock creams may lead to vitamin-D deficiency.

Diet

Consuming foods rich in vitamin-D like – Salmon, other fatty fish,fish liver oils,animal fats etc.

Darker Skin Tone

People with darker skin tone have more melanin – skin pigment that imarts clour to the skin. Melanin reduces absorption of vitamin-D from sun shine. Thus people with darker skin needs more exposure to sunlight.

Higher Latitude

People living at higher latitudes require more exposure to sun light. As they get less sun light.

Obesity

Obese people may require more vitamin-D than average weight people. There is a link betwen vitamin-D deficiency and body mass index (BMI).

Age

As a person gets older his skin becomes less efficient to synthesize vitamin-D from sunlight.

Please consult your health care provider for treatment.

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