Low vitamin D levels and depression linked in young women, new OSU study shows

Young people at Oregon State University enjoy the winter sunshine. People create their own vitamin D when their skin is exposed to sunlight. CREDIT Oregon State University

Young people at Oregon State University enjoy the winter sunshine. People create their own vitamin D when their skin is exposed to sunlight.
CREDIT Oregon State University

A new study from Oregon State University suggests there is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women.

OSU researchers found that young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms over the course of a five-week study, lead author David Kerr said. The results were consistent even when researchers took into account other possible explanations, such as time of year, exercise and time spent outside.

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