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Vitamin D Deficiency in Middle Childhood Can Cause Aggressive Behavior

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Vitamin-D Deficiency in Middle Childhood can cause aggression in children during adolescence according to a study by University of Michigan in schools in Bogota, Colombia.
Children with Vitamin-D deficiency are twice likely to develop externalizing behavior problems-aggressive and rule breaking behaviors, according to Eduardo Villamor, Professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and senior author of the study appear in the Journal of Nutrition. The study was conducted among 3202 children aged 5-12 years who were first identified in 2006. Blood samples, daily habits, food insecurity at home, socio economic status were obtained. A follow up study was done when the children reached the age of 11-12 and Vitamin D analysis was done on 273 participants. In adulthood, such children can develop depression and schizophrenia.
While the authors acknowledge the study’s limitations, including a lack of baseline behavior measures, their results indicate the need for additional studies involving neurobehavioral outcomes in other populations where vitamin D deficiency may be a public health problem.