The Head of the Personality Disorders Unit of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital from Madrid, José Luis Carrasco, points out that people over 40 years of age with depression could present deficiency of the levels of vitamin D in the body.
This expert explains that in most cases of depression, an analysis of calcifediol levels is carried out, while other tests are carried out in order to detect certain alterations that may generate said disease.
It is important to note that in addition to the lack of vitamin D, depression is also marked by other factors such as predisposing personality or prolonged stress over time, among other effects.
Dr. Carrasco clarifies that “although larger epidemiological studies are still needed to scientifically demonstrate a protective effect of this hormone on depression, we do have studies that suggest that hormone D could reduce the occurrence of relapses in recovered depressive patients.”
Influence on neuropsychiatric functioning
In addition, other related research works have also revealed the need for optimal levels of calcifediol for proper neuropsychiatric functioning.
For this reason, this prestigious specialist in the field points out that the presence of hormone D receptors in numerous brain regions that are usually affected in patients with depression, suggests that this hormone could be involved in the disease.
Finally, Dr. Carrasco argues that “at a clinical level, it is also important to take into account that vitamin D supplementation can enhance the effect of treatment with antidepressant drugs and promote long-term recovery in these patients.”
Problems of lack of vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the most important micronutrients for human health. In this sense, its main means of obtaining it are the ultraviolet rays of the sun, which in direct contact with the skin cause the synthesis of this vitamin.
In addition, thanks to food we can also increase the levels of this micronutrient in the body. Although, it is only found in a very small group, such as fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms or dairy products.
Thus, it is very important to have optimal levels of vitamin D in the body. In addition to an obvious association with the virus during the pandemic, this vitamin is essential for many more actions in the body.
It is true that numerous studies have found that vitamin D helps fight Covid-19 and helps patients obtain a better diagnosis.
On the other hand, vitamin D is essential for bones and its deficiency is one of the main causes of the appearance of osteoporosis in adults and rickets in children.
Although, this vitamin has been linked with effects to prevent diabetes, certain types of cancer or multiple sclerosis. In this sense, health experts call for more public support to eradicate the generalized deficiency of vitamin D among the population.