Vitamin D Deficiency: Weak Bones, Depression, Schizophrenia
Vitamin D or the sunshine vitamin is an important nutrient for the body. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to weak bones and increase risk of osteoporosis and arthritis. And if a new study is to be believed, then the vitamin can lead to aggressive behaviour in adolescents. Conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, the study found a link between Vitamin D deficiency in young kids to aggression in their adolescent age. The sunshine vitamin is synthesised in the body in the presence of sunlight. The body needs it to absorb calcium and make bones stronger.

You can also get Vitamin D from food sources like mushrooms, fatty fish, eggs and dairy products. But these foods provide you with very little amount of Vitamin D and there are very few people who spend much time under sunlight.

In the study, it was found that children who have Vitamin D deficiency had high scores on tests that measure behaviour problems when they reach adolescence. Furthermore, deficiency of the sunshine vitamin has also been associated with schizophrenia and depression in adulthood.

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency

Spending most of the time indoors, having a darker skin, living in areas that are highly polluted, living in high altitudes, poor diet, being overweight, having a poor gut health, pregnancy, breastfeeding and old age can all be considered as possible causes of Vitamin D deficiency.

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