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Vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia

In the womb, babies must rely completely on mothers’ stores of vitamin D and, in new findings, those born deficient in D are more likely to develop schizophrenia later in life.

In this study, doctors measured vitamin D levels at the time of birth in 2,602 newborns that went on to develop schizophrenia as young adults.

Those with the lowest levels of vitamin D at birth—less than 20.4 nanomoles per liter of blood, or 8.16 nanograms per milliliter—were 44 percent more likely to develop schizophrenia as young adults compared to those born with normal vitamin D levels.

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