High Vitamin-D levels linked to bipolar illnesses in kids
Researchers in the United States have found that children with bipolar disorder had higher blood levels of a protein linked with Vitamin D compared to children without mood disorders.
This could lead to a blood test to confirm bipolar disorder. Experts say this offer hope for proper treatment.
At present, there is a 10-year average lag time in the United States between the onset of bipolar disorder and diagnosis.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes random shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks.
In a study done among 36 young people, levels of the Vitamin D binding protein were 36% higher in those with bipolar disorder than in those without a mood disorder.
Experts say that childhood bipolar disorder can be very difficult to distinguish from other disorders, especially in youth with certain types of depression.
Prompt diagnosis and proper treatment can provide some relief to the child and the family. It can also lower the risk of suicide.