Low vitamin D levels linked to depression and panic disorders
by Newsletter Editor
There is some study evidence of a link between low levels of vitamin D and chances for depression and phobia in middle-aged adults. In this study, doctors followed 5,966 participants from childhood to age 50. At age 45, researchers measured vitamin D levels while nurses surveyed mental health.
Compared to those whose vitamin D levels were less than 10 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/mL), those with vitamin D levels greater than 30 ng/mL were 43 percent less likely to develop depression and 67 percent less likely to have panic disorder. Those who were more physically active, were not obese, did not smoke heavily, or who avoided watching TV or using a computer for more than three hours per day, were most likely to have the best mental health.