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Vitamin D deficiency can raise depression risk in elderly

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in -- the 'sunshine vitamin' -- among older adults is associated with a substantial increased risk of resulting to early death, says a new study.

The study showed that was associated with a 75 per cent increase in the risk of developing

"This study shows that is associated with a condition other than bone What is surprising is the large effect on even after accounting for other control variables," said Eamon Laird, research candidate from the 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.

For the study, published in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA), the team studied 4,000 community-dwelling people aged above 50 years.

"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 services," said Rose Anne Kenny, from the varsity.

"It is our responsibility to now ascertain whether supplementation will influence depression," she noted.

Another study, led by researchers from The University of (UQ) in and published in Scientific Reports, showed that newborns with had a 44 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with as adults.

These findings are important as vitamin D status is relatively easy and inexpensive to modify through supplementation or fortification, the researchers noted.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:32 IST