Newborns with Vitamin D Deficiency Have Higher Risk of Schizophrenia
A new study, performed by the scientists from Aarhus University, Denmark, and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, discovers that newborn babies with vitamin D deficiency are at higher risk of developing schizophrenia later in life.
For the study, the team of researchers analyzed data on vitamin D levels in the blood of 2,602 people based in Denmark. They were born between 1981 and 2000.
The analysis showed that people who were born with lower levels vitamin D levels were 44% more likely to develop the condition later on.
Lead study author Prof. McGrath explains: “We hypothesized that low vitamin D levels in pregnant women due to a lack of sun exposure during winter months might underlie this risk, and [we] investigated the association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of schizophrenia.”
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