A new joint research study by the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute and Monash University’s for Health Research Implementation investigated the relationship between vitamin D and PCOS. It was determined that PCOS is not associated with vitamin D deficiency but that low vitamin D is commonly found in overweight women.
The condition affects up to 21 per cent of reproductive-aged women and it can be associated with a wide range of reproductive, metabolic and psychological side effects.
“Depression, anxiety and inflammation are common side effects experienced by women with PCOS, and vitamin D deficiency has been associated with both mood disorders and inflammation in the general population. So we wanted to investigate the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and PCOS,” said Dr. Moran the lead study author.
“We found for the first time that there is an association between vitamin D levels with both depression and inflammation in overweight women, regardless of whether they have PCOS or not,” said Dr Moran.
“We also found that vitamin D deficiency was common in women generally and there were no differences in vitamin D levels between women with and without PCOS,” she said.
Vitamin D is independently associated with depression in overweight women with and without PCOS, L. J. Moran, H. J. Teede, and A. J. Vincent, Gynecological Endocrinology, doi: 10.3109/09513590.2014.975682, published online 4 November 2014.