Vitamin D: the role of the sunshine vitamin

Mutsatsa, S., Mushore, M., Ncube, K. & Currid, T. J. (2013). Vitamin D: the role of the sunshine vitamin. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2(4), pp. 182-187. doi: 10.12968/bjmh.2013.2.4.182

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Abstract

The importance of vitamin D in physical disorders has been well documented. Deficiency in this vitamin is associated with a wide range of physical and mental disorders that include, heart problems, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, various cancers, and asthma. In mental health vitamin D deficiency is associated with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease among others. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include darker skin, lack of adequate sun exposure, autoimmune diseases, influenza, old age and the use of certain medicines like anticonvulsants. Vitamin D is likely to play an important role in the management and prevention of various mental health problems. In particular, adequate vitamin D during the perinatal stage is likely to impact positively on the long term mental health of a person.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12391

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