A very important study identifies a link between vitamin D deficiency in infants and the development of schizophrenia in adulthood.
It was led by an important and rigorous team of researchers and scientists between the University of Queensland in Australia and the Danish University of Aarhus.
The team found that infants with vitamin D deficiency have a 44% higher risk of developing schizophrenia at a young age or as an adult. Obviously compared to those who do not have this deficiency.
To arrive at this figure, the researchers followed those born from 1981 to 2000, selecting a sample of over two thousand children who were later diagnosed as schizophrenic as adults.
The sample was then compared with those born in the same period who did not have this disease, through blood tests.
The risks of developing schizophrenia in adulthood include both genetic and environmental causes .
Among the environmental, schizophrenia sufferers are often born in winter or early spring or live in colder countries.
Based on this environmental data, the researchers analyzed the vitamin D levels of the sample of children who were later diagnosed as schizophrenic.
They then compared it with that of the other children born in the same period.
They found that most of these babies were vitamin D deficient at birth.
The same team in the past had shown that low levels of vitamin D were also found in autistic children.
According to the researchers, vitamin D plays a key role in the healthy development of the baby.
And it can be said to be as important as folic acid.
Therefore, in pregnant women, the lack of vitamin D should not only not be underestimated, but must be corrected with the right integration, and the indication to spend more hours in the open air.