Vitamin D Deficiency Can Raise Depression Risk in Elderly

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Vitamin D Deficiency Can Raise Depression Risk in Elderly

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It is time you start taking your vitamin D intake seriously. According to a latest study, deficiency in vitamin D - the 'sunshine vitamin' - among older adults is associated with a substantial increased risk of depression resulting to early death. Vitamin D deficiency was associated with a 75 percent increase in the risk of developing depression, as per the study published in 'The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA)'.

"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.

The team studied 4,000 community-dwelling people aged above 50 years and examined their diet patterns.  "The new finding that the development of depression could potentially be attenuated by having a higher vitamin D status could have significant policy and practice implications for government and health services," said Rose Anne Kenny, Principal Investigator from the varsity. "It is our responsibility to now ascertain whether supplementation will influence depression," she noted.