Older men and women are more prone to depression

Older-women-depressionA new study reveals that older men and women are more prone to depression because they have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood.

Older people are tend to have lower Vitamin D which can be associated with heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and more severe asthma, fractures, worse physical function, greater frailty, and a wide variety of chronic illness.

Sunlight is the rich source of vitamin D; apart from sunlight, certain foods are also rich in vitamin D such as oily fish. When the body is exposed to sunlight, it facilitates the cells to absorb calcium which is important for bone health.

Many studies have been published show casing potential benefits associated with vitamin D and potential risk associated with its deficiency.

To reach the conclusion researchers from America have analyzed 531 women and 423 men, aged 65 years and older for over six years. They wanted to establish the relation between Vitamin D and depression in older people.

During study, it was found that 42 percent of the women and 18 percent of the men were depressed, while 75 % of women and 50 % of men had insufficient levels of Vitamin D, which was below 50 nanomoles per liter.

It was found that 72 percent of the depressed people and 60 percent of the non-depressed people were facing vitamin D insufficiency but the levels are more than deficiency. In case of examining women with insufficient levels of vitamin D for three to six years, it was found that they tend to show more changes in their behaviors and show more depressing symptoms as compared to women who had adequate levels of vitamin D.

Women who were not depressed in the beginning of the study and had low levels of vitamin D also tend to become depressed over the following six years as compared to the women who had sufficient levels of nutrients. Similar symptoms were found in the case of men.

Finally it was found that older persons are more at a risk of depression due to vitamin D deficiency. Researchers found this link is higher in women as compared to men.