RSSVitamin D treatment relieves depression in adolescents

Posted on Sun, 22 Apr 12

Vitamin D treatment relieves depression in adolescents

Treatment with vitamin D has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression in a group of Swedish adolescents, a discovery that suggests vitamin D deficiency could be an easily treated cause of depression.

After a group of 54 depressed adolescents had their blood vitamin D tested it was discovered that 48 (89%) of them were vitamin D deficient.  The vitamin D deficient group were then supplemented with vitamin D (4000 IU per day for the first month and 2000 IU per day for two more months).

Their vitamin D levels increased significantly from 41 nmol/L to 91 nmol/L and correlated with improvements in well-being. There were also significant improvements in depressed feelings, irritability, tiredness, mood swings, sleep difficulties, weakness, ability to concentrate and pain.

This report suggests that vitamin D deficiency should be investigated and treated in people suffering from symptoms of depression.

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Högberg G, Gustafsson SA, Hällström T, Gustafsson T, Klawitter B, Petersson M. Depressed adolescents in a case-series were low in vitamin D and depression was ameliorated by vitamin D supplementation. Acta Paediatr. 2012 Feb 28. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2012.02655.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Tags: Vitamin D, Depression

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