Navigation Links
Low vitamin D levels linked to depression, UT Southwestern psychiatrists report
Date:1/5/2012

DALLAS -- Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, according to UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study. It is believed to be the largest such investigation ever undertaken.

Low levels of vitamin D already are associated with a cavalcade of health woes from cardiovascular diseases to neurological ailments. This new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings helps clarify a debate that erupted after smaller studies produced conflicting results about the relationship between vitamin D and depression. Major depressive disorder affects nearly one in 10 adults in the U.S.

"Our findings suggest that screening for vitamin D levels in depressed patients and perhaps screening for depression in people with low vitamin D levels might be useful," said Dr. E. Sherwood Brown, professor of psychiatry and senior author of the study, done in conjunction with The Cooper Institute in Dallas. "But we don't have enough information yet to recommend going out and taking supplements."

UT Southwestern researchers examined the results of almost 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010. Dr. Brown and colleagues from The Cooper Institute found that higher vitamin D levels were associated with a significantly decreased risk of current depression, particularly among people with a prior history of depression. Low vitamin D levels were associated with depressive symptoms, particularly those with a history of depression, so primary care patients with a history of depression may be an important target for assessing vitamin D levels. The study did not address whether increasing vitamin D levels reduced depressive symptoms.

The scientists have not determined the exact relationship whether low vitamin D contributes to symptoms of depression, whether depression itself contributes to lower vitamin D levels, or chemically how that happens. But vitamin D may affect neurotransmitters, inflammatory markers and other factors, which could help explain the relationship with depression, said Dr. Brown, who leads the psychoneuroendocrine research program at UT Southwestern.

Vitamin D levels are now commonly tested during routine physical exams, and they already are accepted as risk factors for a number of other medical problems: autoimmune diseases; heart and vascular disease; infectious diseases; osteoporosis; obesity; diabetes; certain cancers; and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis, and general cognitive decline.

Investigators used information gathered by the institute, which has 40 years of data on runners and other fit volunteers. UT Southwestern has a partnership with the institute, a preventive medicine research and educational nonprofit located at the Cooper Aerobics Center, to develop a joint scientific medical research program aimed at improving health and preventing a wide range of chronic diseases. The institute maintains one of the world's most extensive databases known as the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study that includes detailed information from more than 250,000 clinic visits that has been collected since Dr. Kenneth Cooper founded the institute and clinic in 1970.


'/>"/>
Contact: Russell Rian
russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study
2. JAMA commentary contends vitamin therapy can still reduce stroke
3. Vitamin D Helps Bone Health Only With Calcium: Report
4. Vitamin D Levels Tied to Diabetes Risk in Obese Kids
5. Low vitamin D levels may contribute to development of Type 2 diabetes
6. Low Vitamin D May Increase Stroke, Heart Attack Risk in Women
7. Heart Patients Using Vitamins May Take Meds Improperly
8. UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital begins studies on vitamin D to prevent heart disease
9. Vitamin D, Interferon Alpha Vaccine Show Promise Against Lupus
10. Vitamin D Lacking in Many Spine Surgery Patients
11. Low vitamin D levels do not increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... 13, 2016 , ... With FCPX Overlay Embers from Pixel Film Studios users ... Pro X. Each user can select from up to 40 effect overlays. With FCPX ... offset, hue, saturation, value, contrast, glow, and more all within a click of a ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... When an Au ... Host Parents aren’t always sure what they are in for and they are often worried ... are more than they were hoping for. This year’s Au Pair of the Year winner’s ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... Mystic Buddha Publishing House presents Valentine’s Day tips on different forms ... - Dr. Frederick Lenz. , According to Publisher Roger Cantu, “Blue Skies ... teaching and helping others. Valentine’s Day celebrates love in all its forms, and ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... CDRH Enforcement Trends: , ... http://www.fdanews.com/cdrhenforcementtrends , As Winston Churchill said, “Those who don’t learn ... 2015 will show what to expect when they come knocking this year. But that takes ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... CITY, California (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... announce their participation in Red Carpet Events LA GRAMMY’s Style Lounge Event. Coco Libre ... healthy way to stay hydrated before the big event. The invitation-only gifting suite, held ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... Stem cells are primitive cells found in ... the capacity to differentiate into mature cell types Stem ... first mouse embryonic stem cells were derived from embryos ... the first culturing of embryonic stem cells from non-human ... until 2006 As a result of these discoveries, stem ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016  Walgreens has committed to provide drug disposal ... Washington, D.C. as part of a program ... by shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow. Conrad ... people hold on to unneeded drugs because they lack easily ... --> Conrad MacKerron , Senior Vice President ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016  NOIT™ Research LLC, a private, ... of Change" campaign to assist needy families in obtaining ... unit sold between February 10, 2016 and March 31, ... needy family. The NOIT is an auditory stimulus that ... develop language skills. Beth Shier , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: