Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vitamin D and depression

Recent studies have suggested that there might be a link between people's levels of vitamin D, and depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Researchers from Warwick University studied 3,262 people aged between fifty and seventy from Beijing and Shanghai. They tested their levels of vitamin D and used questionnaires to measure their levels of depression. The study found that there was no clear association between vitamin D levels and depression symptoms.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090317142847.htm

12 comments:

Chris said...

I don't think there are any relevance between Vitamin D and depression. Since Vitamin D does not regulate any mood hormones. So yeah, it's unrelated.

John Gale said...

Thanks for your comment Chris. There have been a few studies that have linked vitamin D with depression although obviously this one would tend to argue against this. But I think there will have to be a bit more research before they completely rule out a link.
Best Wishes,
John

Guest said...

It is not true that the old men and women are more susceptible to depression than their younger counterparts and it must be mentioned that an individual is said to suffer from depression when he exhibits symptoms, namely, hopelessness, chronic tiredness, appetite loss, loneliness, sadness et al for one week or more. Therefore, it is important for you to get hold of right information on depression related details before starting to treat your depression.

Nameplease said...

Ahem, Guest, YOU need to get your facts straight. Studies have proven that those in older generations tend to suffer from depression. Please take a look at many of the statistics, especially those found in MMPI-2 results. I am guessing you are one of the older generation and do not like the stereotype.

David said...

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Dave said...

I think there is a direct relation between depression and alcoholism. People who are depressed are more prone to take up alcohol. So we must have robust plans for Alcohol Treatment Rehab, as well.

Johnson said...

This is a ver yimportant study as it reflects the causes of depresison to deep details. One must also have a look at the study index in Israel, I suggest.

Reza said...

It is really a new thing to know that there might be a link between people's levels of vitamin D, and depression and seasonal affective disorder. I do believe that eating habits may also be connected somehow. So Eating Disorder treatment should also be a priority.

Dr. Watson said...

I agree that there are a lot of reasons for the people who take up drugs and succumb to depression. I think celebrate recovery is very important in such scenarios.

Gammon Sean said...

Interesting post and I am amazed to know that the study found that there was no clear association between vitamin D levels and depression symptoms. People should fund such studies and they can even donate a car.

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