Vitamin D Deficiency May Cause Behavioral Changes in Adolescence

A preliminary study by Professor Eduardo Villamor of the University of Michigan claims that vitamin D deficiency in children may be one of the causes for behavioral changes in adolescence; which include aggression, anxiety and depression.

The study released by The Journal of Nutrition this month has looked at 3, 202 5 and 12 year olds since 2006. In addition to collecting blood samples, the survey leaders have prepared questionnaires (for the child and their parents) about their diet, general habits, level of socioeconomic status, education, and physiological data such as weight and height.

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After about six years, each individual - no longer a child - was again recruited to continue the study, and at this time, it was possible to detect vitamin D deficiency in the largest sample of adolescents who presented some type of behavioral alteration in relation to your first result.

The study, which was conducted in partnership with the University of La Sabana and the Colombian Foundation for Research in Nutrition and Health, says that these data, although preliminary, may help in a new line of research on the interference of this vitamin in the development of child and teenager.