Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment

Study finds link between vitamin D deficiency and depression

Category: Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment

Older individuals who feel the symptoms of clinical depression may want to seek vitamin D testing, as a new study from English researchers has found that a deficiency of the vitamin is closely associated with the mood disorder.

Vitamin D deficiency is particularly common among people who live in northern latitudes. Additionally, older individuals are more likely to experience depression and vitamin D deficiency for a number of reasons.

Researchers from King's College London reviewed data from previous surveys that analyzed the mental health and vitamin D levels of more than 2,000 seniors over 65 years old. They found that individuals who had the lowest levels of the nutrient were more likely to experience depression.

"Although vitamin D deficiency has been investigated in relationship to mental disorders in younger adults, relatively little research has investigated this association in older people, despite the higher potential impact," the study's authors wrote, as quoted by Medscape Today.

However, researchers cautioned that depression could be a cause of vitamin D deficiency, rather than a symptom. They called for further research to pin down the reason for this correlation.
 

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top