Scientists: the risk of schizophrenia depends on the month of birth – Moskovsky Komsomolets


Mental disorder associated with vitamin D deficiency

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People whose bodies contain little vitamin D in the blood later are more likely to develop schizophrenia. This conclusion was made by scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia and by a number of scientific organizations in Denmark.

Scientists: the risk of schizophrenia depends on the month of birth


The researchers note that the relationship between the lack of sunlight and an increased risk of schizophrenia has already been identified, but this does not necessarily mean that vitamin D deficiency is the cause of this relationship. To check if this vitamin deficiency and risk of schizophrenia are directly related, scientists gathered information on 2602 inhabitants of Denmark.

As it turned out, people diagnosed with schizophrenia before the start of the study (about half of the respondents) were born more often in spring or winter, that is, at a time when newborns often suffer from Vitamin D deficiency Although it does not yet allow certain to talk about the causal relationship, the authors of the new scientific work are prone to this interpretation.

The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Schizophrenia is not the only mental illness that increases in the face of the lack of sunlight. A few months ago, Binghamton University specialists in the United States concluded that people in the northern latitudes faced obsessive-compulsive disorder more often than those living closer to the equator. According to experts, the link in this case can also serve as an insufficient amount of sunlight, although in this case we are not talking so much about vitamin D, but about the circadian circadian rhythms of humans. Another study by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh has shown that people living in cold regions with fewer sunny days in the year, more often than other people are abusing alcohol.

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