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Association between hypomelanotic skin disorders and autism

Posted on: October 11, 2011   by  John Cannell, MD


Yet another paper by Dr. Muideen Bakare (Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Nigeria) and her two co-authors from Harvard are pinning down a relationship between vitamin D and autism.

Bakare MO, Munir KM, Kinney DK. Association of hypomelanotic skin disorders with autism: links to possible etiologic role of vitamin-D levels in autism? Hypothesis (Tor). 2011 Sep;9(1):6-14.

The authors found that children with albinoism and other disorders that leave the skin without pigment (melanin, known to be associated with very low vitamin D levels due to no protection from burning) are more likely to have autism.

The authors also review the data to date and conclude,

“These results would also support clinical investigations of whether vitamin D supplements may aid in treatment and prevention of autism.”

Luckily, a 12-week trial is underway at UCSF testing that exact theory:

Autism Trial with Vitamin D

The Vitamin D Council has contributed the first $10,000 needed for the $20,000 study. If you are interested in contributing some of the rest, let us know.

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