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Schizophrenia Linked to Low Vitamin D

by Kathy Jones on September 7, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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 Schizophrenia Linked to Low Vitamin D

Exposing your baby to higher vitamin D levels could prove to be beneficial in the long run with researchers suggesting that low levels of vitamin D could increase the risk of schizophrenia later in life.

Researchers from Queensland Brain Institute in Australia collected blood samples from new born babies from Denmark and then compared the vitamin D concentrations with the blood samples taken from new born babies who were known to have suffered from schizophrenia later in their life.

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Writing in their report, which has been published in Archive of General Psychiatry, the researchers suggest that low vitamin D levels could account for more than 40 percent of schizophrenia cases in the country.

"The amazing thing was that the study that was based in Denmark, where low vitamin D is quite common, we found that if vitamin D is linked to schizophrenia our statistics suggest that it could explain about 40% of all schizophrenias", lead researcher Professor John McGrath said.




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