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Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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TOSTES, Márcia Helena Fávero de Souza et al. Low serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) in children with autism. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.3, pp.161-163. ISSN 2237-6089.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S2237-60892012000300008.

Objective: To confirm previous evidence suggesting an association between autism and low vitamin D serum levels. Methods: This preliminary exploratory study assessed the circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) in pediatric patients with autism and in typically developing controls from Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Results: Serum levels of 25-OHD were lower in children with autism (26.48 ± 3.48 ng mL-1) when compared to typically developing subjects (40.52 ± 3.13 ng mL-1) (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Our findings attest to the importance of vitamin supplementation during pregnancy and in the treatment of children with autism, who tend to present low vitamin D consumption rates.

Keywords : Autism; children; vitamin D.

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