A major new study in Ireland has shown that older adults who have low levels of vitamin D are 75 percent more likely to develop serious depression.
As Irish Central report, the new study was conducted at Trinity College Dublin by scientists from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) and the results of this groundbreaking research are the first in Ireland to link a lack of vitamin D with a much greater risk of depression. These findings are also based on one of the largest representative studies ever conducted on the subject of vitamin D and depression.
Older adults who suffer from depression have been found to have a much less robust quality of life and depression may also lead to a much earlier death. As such, scientists in Ireland believe that it is crucial to accurately diagnose the different causes of depression so that it can be managed, which will greatly alleviate the many risk factors that are associated with it.
Vitamin D, which has been nicknamed the sunshine vitamin, is a crucial vitamin for the health of human bones, and a lack of it has been linked with other serious medical issues which include both diabetes and inflammation.
While there have been sporadic and small studies which have shown a clear link between a lack of vitamin D and depression, the people involved in these studies have not been followed up or tracked over time. Keeping track of patients involved in studies of this kind is highly important as TILDA has suggested that one out of every eight older adults in Ireland currently suffers from a vitamin D deficiency.