31 Jan '13, 11am

Scientists investigate possible connection between autism and vitamin D

Scientists investigate possible connection between autism and vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in a number of disorders. Now scientists are investigating whether the “sunshine vitamin” could be implicated in autism. With autism rates climbing and levels of vitamin D declining because of more sunscreen use and less time spent outdoors, scientists have begun to look into a possible link. A recent study in Saudi Arabia was the first to discover that children with autism had significantly lower levels of vitamin D in their bloodstreams than non-autistic children. “There is a growing body of literature linking vitamin D to various immune-related conditions, including allergy and autoimmunity,” said Laila Y. AL-Ayadhi, a professor of neurophysiology at King Saud University and one of the new study’s lead researchers. Yet many questions remain, and experts say none of the research so far has shown a convincing link. Vitamin D is one of many e...

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