Vitamin D deficiency may be related to ADHD in children, says new study

Posted on: October 13, 2014   by  Vitamin D Council

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New research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics Experience National Conference & Exhibition found that low vitamin D levels are prevalent in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common disorder among children and is characterized by an inability to remain focused and difficulty in behavior control. The prevalence of ADHD has been steadily increasing, from 7.8% in 2003 to 11% in 2011.

Researchers are still studying the cause of developmental disorders such as ADHD or autism. In both of these conditions, it is thought that the genes you are born with play a role in developing these disorders.

Recently, researchers have become interested in the possible role that environmental and nutritional status play in these developmental disorders.

Vitamin D is one these factors of  interest and researchers from Qatar recently conducted a study to determine if vitamin D deficiency is linked to ADHD.

The research team recruited 1,331 children with ADHD and 1,331 children without ADHD to serve as a controls.

Vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, cholesterol and phosphorus were measured in every child. Information on socio-demographics and family history was also collected.

The researchers compared these measurements between groups to determine how children with ADHD differed from children without the disorder.

They found that vitamin D deficiency was more prevalent in children with ADHD when compared to the control group. The average vitamin D level in children with ADHD was 16.6 ng/ml, compared to 23.5 ng/ml in the control group.

“The study showed that vitamin D deficiency was higher among school age children and adolescents with the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder compared to controls,” the researchers concluded.

Source

Kamal, M. Is High Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency a Contributory Factor for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents? AAP Experience National Conference & Exhibition, 2014.

1 Response to Vitamin D deficiency may be related to ADHD in children, says new study

  1. hlahore@gmail.com says

    About 30 other recent studies have also linked ADHS to lack of vitamin D
    http://vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=1129

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