Low vitamin D levels appear to be linked to depression and obesity

In June 2018, researchers from Germany published the results of their study to assess the association between brain-derived neurotrophic factor and vitamin D in 3,926 individuals with depressive symptoms and abdominal obesity.  Information was obtained via the population-based Study of Health in Pomerania. Results showed that low vitamin D levels were linked to a higher risk of both depression and obesity.  A further analysis revealed that brain-derived neurotrophic factor was associated with abdominal obesity but not with depression.

Goltz A et al. Association of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Vitamin D with Depression and Obesity: A Population-Based Study. Neuropsychobiol. 2018 Jun 19:1-11 [Epub ahead of print].

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