Past research has linked vitamin D deficiency to increased bone aging, higher risk of chronic pain among men and even increased likelihood of death from all causes. Now, a new study suggests that individuals with vitamin D deficiency are at higher risk of schizophrenia.
Around 65% of patients with schizophrenia had vitamin D deficiency, according to the researchers. In detail, they found that vitamin D levels in subjects with schizophrenia were 5.91 ng/ml lower than those of healthy participants. The researchers calculated that participants with vitamin D deficiency were 2.16 times more likely to have schizophrenia, compared with those whose vitamin D levels were normal.